Rumor has it that the next iPad will launch at an event in October, and we’re expecting a major revamp. One of the key changes was the much-anticipated removal of the home button, bringing the entry-level iPad model into line with the iPad Air, iPad Pro, and pretty much every high-end iPhone Apple sells, plus the iPhone SE, which is in the bargain basement.
New rumors suggest iPad 2022 model, the tenth generation of the iPad tablet, will have a new look but will keep the old and familiar button. This leak comes from a bulletin sent by the Twitter leaker ApplePro leaks (opens in new tab), available by subscription only. Presumably this means the bezel around the display won’t shrink much. We’ve also heard that the sides of the device will be flattened, making it look more like the iPad Air in profile.
Our leaker also expects the next iPad, like the more powerful iPad Pro, to use USB-C. This comes from the same leak that suggested the next one. iPhone 15 family could use USB-C for each model. It is entirely possible that we are at the beginning of the end of Apple Lighting on mobile devices.
The next iPad may also support Apple’s most sophisticated writing device, the Apple Pencil 2. Currently, Pencil 2 only works with the iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro, but not the regular old iPad. The next iPad could change that. We recently saw a slip up from the Apple Crayon maker logitech showing support for upcoming iPad Pro models, but nothing indicating support for the base iPad model. The Logitech Crayon Digital Pencil uses the same technology as Apple’s Pencil.
Finally, after some delay, we will see the release of iPad OS 16. The phone version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 16, arrived a few days after the announcement of the iPhone 14 family. We’ve been tracking the progress of the iPad OS 16 beta, but we haven’t heard official news of when it will be available to the mainstream. Now it looks like the day of the iPad is going to be the big day for software and hardware. If you want to familiarize yourself with the entire iPad family ahead of the big launch, check out our best iPad round up.
Review: An older-looking iPad should have an older-looking price tag
We won’t be hasty to dismiss this iPad just because it retains a feature that Apple has been slowly killing off in every other device it makes. Clearly, the home button has no long-term future with Apple, but that doesn’t mean this won’t be a great tablet to buy. After all, the iPhone SE represents a powerful bargain in the iPhone family lineup, and its aged exterior hides the tough technology inside. We consider one of best iphones You can buy.
Either way, this could mean that we won’t see a huge price increase for the new 2022 iPad. A major revamp that completely changes the face of the device offers more justification for Apple to raise prices. If the new iPad looks like an evolutionary upgrade from the last model, but not an entirely new beast, it might start at the same price. In this year of massive cost-of-living crisis, this might be considered the most welcome feature.
Google plans to release its own-branded equivalent of Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos 3D audio and is trying to persuade manufacturers to support it, according to a report in Protocol (opens in new tab) (through FlatpanelsHD (opens in new tab)). Protocol says it saw a video of Google’s presentation to hardware manufacturers and that the plan is known as Project Caviar.
Dolby Vision is an advanced HDR format used on most of the best 4K TVs, while Dolby Atmos is supported on most of the best soundbars and is a big selling point right now.
The big push Google is making for manufacturers is that the two new formats would be royalty-free, meaning manufacturers wouldn’t have to pay Google any fees to include support for them. As FlatpanelsHD points out, Dolby Vision costs up to $3 per device to include, and the cost of Dolby Atmos is unconfirmed.
AV aficionados will note here that a royalty-free alternative to Dolby Vision already exists: HDR10+. We’ll come back to that – I suspect it’s relevant to Google’s final plan here.
It seems YouTube is Google’s main focus – the streaming site currently supports basic HDR (known as HDR10), but not the more advanced version of Dolby Vision or HDR10+. And it doesn’t support any 3D audio standards (the two currently in use are usually Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, but Atmos is from distant the best supported option).
But the new formats would also be a boost for Android phones. iPhones include support for Dolby Vision and Atmos, but you don’t get that on Android – Samsung supports HDR10+ and Dolby Atmos, but that’s about it. Google certainly hopes it can convince Netflix, Disney and the rest to support its new formats, so you can get the same HDR and audio quality on all Android devices when streaming on iPhone.
Analysis: Do we really need more audio and HDR formats?
The world of video and audio technology is already quite confusing and full of inscrutable naming conventions. The last thing we need is more of these… but it seems Google’s whole plan is to avoid that, which is smart for two reasons.
Let’s start with the technical side. Under the Protocol, Google says the plan is to “make use of existing codecs” for its new formats (a ‘codec’ is the name of the technology that encodes and compresses video or audio into the files we use). If I had to guess, I’d say Google’s new HDR format will use AV1 video codec and HDR10+ support, both of which are free for manufacturers to use.
The audio side is harder to predict, but royalty-free 3D audio technology already exists. It’s called Multidimensional Audio and it’s used as the basis for Dolby Atmos’ rival DTS:X. My guess is that Google will implement this technology into an existing audio file type.
The advantage of both approaches is that they may require minimal technical changes from TV/phone manufacturers. The hardware needed for all of this is likely on most TVs sold today, so it might just require a software update to support the way Google will combine existing technologies into a ‘fresh’ form factor. Assuming that’s how it works, it should vastly increase the chances of it being supported on TVs in particular.
The second smart thing is that Google’s plan here is to collect all this technology under an “umbrella brand”, and I assume the names are as simple as Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. You probably won’t hear any of the technical terms I mentioned above – they’ll just be called “HDR Sight” and “HDR Sound” or something.
This again gives them a chance to really be remembered – unlike the weird names of HDR10+ or DTS:X.
Opinion: It’s a good idea, but it might be too late
In principle, I’m all for Google’s plan here. There’s no good reason for Dolby to have all the fun here, and the price tag of including Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support in the hardware is a notable part of the total price of something like a streaming stick, so hardware makers can afford it. avoid these fees, but still delivering high quality audio is great.
However, Dolby was basically left to consolidate the idea that its formats are The best way to watch, and this is going to be really hard to take down. Dolby does not charge streaming services to support Dolby Vision or Atmos, which is why they are in use on Netflix, Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus, Paramount Plus, Blu-rays, and more. Dolby has fully incorporated its name as what you need if you want the best quality movies and TV.
So, purely on convenience and name recognition, Google is facing an uphill battle. How will he make his own format look like anything other than the budget alternative for the good stuff? Even if Google’s new formats are exactly as good as Dolby’s, they’ll still struggle to make people believe what they are – and Dolby will definitely step up its own game to make sure people feel that way.
And with that in mind, Google needs to convince streaming services to support it. On YouTube, it’s easy – Google already automatically creates different versions of videos on that site, all based on the highest quality original you upload. But that probably won’t be the case for movie streaming sites – studios and directors won’t want versions automatically converted to a different audio or HDR format. They will want remastered and verified movies. That would be a lot of effort.
Google probably hopes that the promise of support on the sheer number of Android devices available will convince the services to add support, but I’m not sure. If people who buy phones didn’t care about 3D audio before, how many would care just because a software update was added?
And if Google can’t ship the services, why would hardware manufacturers? I mentioned that it might be technologically easy to support Google’s new features, but it would still take time, effort, and money – and if it doesn’t look like it would increase sales, why not just save it and stick with Dolby Vision and Atmos only on the best TVs. ?
Hopefully Google can prove me wrong and add a little more competition to this space – it might take a little Vision, though.
Coveting both heritage, legacy sound and cutting-edge wireless technology is navigating a complicated relationship, especially when it comes to Bluetooth speakers and one-box hi-fi system solutions – see the Sonus Faber Omnia as proof of which, though rare, it has been achieved.
On the one hand, I want the easy access to the high-resolution digital file quality that is the hallmark of the best wireless speakers. On the other hand, I want the analog heritage warmth and craftsmanship that underpin the ethos – and ideally, key parts of the aesthetic.
Knowing that since 1949, McIntosh Labs has powered some of the most important events in American history (including the 1969 Woodstock Festival) and made some of the most beautiful monolithic rock amps I’ve come across makes the audio specialist from Binghamton, New York. a brand I emphatically want in my life.
And so, the McIntosh RS150 wireless speaker is, for me, the perfect gateway drug, released in February 2022.
For the relatively nominal fee of $1,200 / £1,295 (relativelyyou understand – for reference, the company’s beautiful MHA200 tube headphone amplifier is the size of a stack of paperbacks and costs $2,500 / £2,795 / AU$4,995) you can buy McIntosh Labs heritage and know that this single-box proposition will play your music without the need for other separate hi-fi devices.
The RS150 is a truly wireless speaker that allows seamless streaming directly from Tidal, Apple AirPlay, Spotify and more. There’s Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD and aptX Low Latency, and it’s also Roon-ready – meaning it can access and deliver the digital audio stream emanating from your Roon Core (which is likely your NAS drive).
Review: McIntosh makes it easy to mix high-fidelity principles and high-tech look and feel
My heart beat faster to learn that the RS150 (which is also my initials, but that’s an aside) also supports lossless quality playback of up to 1411 kbps and 24-bit/192 high resolution music file streaming. kHZ – ie . true lossless and high quality sound.
The biggest glory is, of course, the iconic digital output meter (known in the trade as the McIntosh “Blue Dial”) which utilizes the same circuitry found in McIntosh’s heritage analog models to provide the most accurate indication of the speaker’s output.
To see the dial move as you turn the volume up with those glorious knobs, just push the buttons to see the LED volume indicators on the best party speakers, wouldn’t you agree?
And as with some of the best stereo speakers on the market, here you can remove the black mesh fabric grille and see those drivers pulsing. Forget small fabric-covered blobs like JBL, here you can gain full access to the RS150’s 20mm titanium fluid-filled dome tweeter and 5.25 x 6-inch-long woofer, driven by a total of 120 watts of power. (30 watts for tweeter, 90 watts for woofer). And I’m in favor of it.
I really want to hear it, because I’m sure the best wireless speaker category might have a new contender…
The Logitech G Cloud is a new portable streaming console that feels a little too advanced for our era of bad public Wi-Fi.
Now fully announced after being leaked last month, the Logitech G Cloud is an Android-powered handheld device that comes with Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now pre-installed. Launching exclusively in North America on October 17th for $349.99 – about £308 / AU$527 – it will let you play top AAA games over the cloud while on the go.
The console features a seven-inch 1080p touchscreen that supports a 60Hz refresh rate, over 12 hours of battery life, plus haptics, a gyroscope and remappable controls. However, it doesn’t support 5G natively, nor does it include a SIM card slot, so you’ll need to rely on Wi-Fi to stream anything to the console.
With the Google Play Store pre-installed, you will also be able to run some of the best Android games. It also supports Xbox Remote Play and Steam Link, allowing you to stream your entire Xbox and Steam libraries – including games not on Xbox Game Pass – directly to your console.
a little too soon
Logitech Gaming President of Video Ujesh Desai is excited at the prospect, saying (opens in new tab) “Cloud gaming is a super exciting new way to play. I love that you can access game libraries from anywhere.
“What we wanted to do was challenge ourselves to build a device perfectly optimized for cloud gaming. That meant precision controls – similar to a high-end Xbox controller – a big HD screen, incredible battery life and lightweight design so gamers could enjoy long gaming sessions without any compromises. ”
But the Logitech G Cloud’s core selling point is seriously hampered by the current state of Wi-Fi accessibility. As a cloud game console, you will need to be within range of a strong and stable internet connection to play any game on the device. Unfortunately, the places you’ll likely want to take a handheld game console — trains, airports, cars, and other public places — often lack reliable Wi-Fi. Bring the Logitech G to your local park for outdoor play, and you’ll likely find it has turned into a molded piece of plastic.
In a decade when super-fast public Wi-Fi is the norm, the handheld may present one of the simplest and most affordable ways to play top AAA games anywhere you want. For now, with the state of public Wi-Fi, its use case is pretty limited. You’ll likely end up using it at home, somewhat diminishing its purpose as a truly portable handheld console.
The cost of the Logitech G Cloud will also raise some eyebrows. At the same price as the Nintendo Switch OLED and just $50 below the cost of Valve’s Steam Deck, many will wonder why they would bother using the exclusive streaming console. Add to that the subscription fees you’d have to shell out for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Nvidia GeForce Now, and the price of Logitech’s new kit looks even less attractive.
To entice the curious, pre-orders for the Logitech G Cloud are open for $299.99, taking $50 off the total retail price. He didn’t say if the Logitech G Cloud will come to other markets outside of North America, but we expect it to launch in Europe and other regions in the future.
The battery percentage feature in iOS 16 has become a popular topic since the update was made available to everyone on an iPhone 8 and up, but a preview version of iOS 16.1 is refining it even further.
Instead of a constant value that is in front of the battery icon, the battery itself also drains like before, so if your iPhone reaches 20%, for example, the icon will be displayed as before and in red, while the percentage will remain.
It’s a small change, but it will benefit those who wanted the best of both worlds – a battery icon where the percentage is displayed, while the battery itself goes down next to the value.
You can see for yourself if you subscribe your iPhone to Apple Beta Software Program (opens in new tab) and install iOS 16.1, I prefer it as it is now, especially as other iPhones will gain this feature once the update rolls out to everyone.
If it’s not broken…
The percentage figure disappeared when the notch arrived with the iPhone X in 2017 as there was very little room for both. But the feature first arrived in iOS 3 in 2009, where anyone with an iPhone 3GS and up could push a button and a numerical value appeared next to the battery icon.
However, Apple decided to bring this back in a new form with iOS 16, where the value would be on top of the battery icon. I was happy to see this comeback on my iPhone 13 Pro as I had to download Control Center in the top right corner of the screen to see it. Now, I can just look at the value in the top right corner.
But you can’t please everyone, which is why Apple is refining the icon to show the dead battery like before. Looking at this on my iPhone X running iOS 16.1, it seems confusing to me now – you have an ever-changing battery icon and numeric value in the same place.
However, we are still in the beta period, so this could still change before iOS 16.1 arrives, but it would be nice to have more customization so that any user can display the battery icon as it is now or as it might be in the future. Regardless, it’s still nice to have a percentage figure after so many years, but we’ll have to wait and see until iOS 16.1 is available to anyone with an iPhone 8 and up.
Amazon India is hosting the annual Great Indian festival sale, which is now live. There are some fantastic deals on audio products on sale. Products from leading brands like Realme, OnePlus, Oppo, Sony, Boat, Truke, Sennheiser, JBL and more are available at great discounts.
Here are the best deals on TWS, neckband and headphones from the Amazon Great Indian Festival sale (opens in new tab).
Card Offers – What is it? How to claim it?
Amazon is offering an extra 10% discount when using SBI debit and credit cards. SBI credit cards offer up to Rs. 2,000 instant discount on a single purchase. However, an instant discount on a single purchase on SBI debit cards is limited to Rs. 1,000.
You just need to use any SBI credit or debit card to claim the card offer. The discount will be applied automatically on the payment page.
The Lovelace GPU series is finally here! Nvidia finally showed us things, revealing the RTX 4090 and two versions of the RTX 4080 at this year’s GTC event, and we’re now trying out all the variants offered by third-party GPU manufacturers like MSI, Asus, Zotac, and more.
So, to get into the Team Green spirit, let’s do a short rundown of some eye-catching new variants from the aforementioned manufacturers, as well as what to expect in the coming months. We’ll discuss the significant changes these companies have made to meet the undoubtedly intense needs of the RTX 4000 series and what that could mean for us as release dates are announced.
Before we dive in, there’s a specific model we’d like to talk about first. This one is a personal favorite on our list and it’s a pretty easy guess why.
Colorful’s new iGame GeForce RTX 4000 Neptune graphics card series has a new look to match the updated liquid cooling system. The Neptune series now features an all-white color scheme with customizable RGB lighting and a slim 2-slot matte finish.
Promotional photos show the new system with pink, blue and purple lighting on fans, creating an aesthetic that is often associated with female players. Women have been making a name for themselves in the community for a long time, creating really colorful and impressive PC versions, broadcasting and commenting on the state of the gaming industry, which I love to see! Personally, I love this version of the RTX 4000 series and find it incredibly cute, but it immediately brings up a terrifying thought: the pink tax.
The pink tax is the – unfortunately common – phenomenon where items designed for women (or that don’t meet the conventional dark, angular designs of the traditional aesthetic of products aimed at men) cost significantly more, even if they serve exactly the same function, work or have the same characteristics. same specifications. While the Neptune series is not explicitly marketed to women, it is a very impressive kit that is likely to be very appealing to a female audience. The white and pink aesthetic is strongly associated with women gaming, and seeing the aesthetic in the world of already expensive GPUs makes your wallet shake a little.
We don’t yet have release dates or pricing information for these third-party cards, but there is concern that already expensive equipment could be even more expensive for certain audiences.
The pink tax discussion entered the gaming world very recently with the Logitech Aurora collection. The collection featured fun-colored keyboards, mice, and accessories that were aimed at the women’s gaming market, with more add-ons to be purchased for a more customizable experience.
The only problem with this is the fact that Logitech has delivered this to female gamers with the pink tax included. On the edge (opens in new tab) notes that most of the products available in the collection have significantly shorter battery life or look and feel very similar to the less colorful headsets and mice offered by Logitech, but at more expensive prices.
The unaffordable pricing that the Aurora collection flaunts as being ‘gender inclusive’ only demonstrates the point that companies are aware of the issue and are comfortable continuing to charge certain groups in the community more for essentially the same product. There’s no logical reason why a little pink or lilac should cost almost $50 more.
We’re not charging the pink tax charge specifically against Colorful and the new iGame GeForce RTX 4000 series graphics cards, just pointing out a common problem hitting consumers in most markets. Seeing a product with ‘feminine’ colors or designs raises little alarm bells in our minds, and we hope that by bringing this to light, we can help players make more informed choices.
MSI has unveiled its version of the GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 series and it is very beautiful. MSI’s new graphics card lineup seems to focus on improving and redesigning its cooling systems, a move that makes a lot of sense when considering how powerful (and, in turn, how hot) the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 will be.
The models we will see from MSI are the Suprim, the Suprim Liquid, the Gaming Trio and the Ventus.
Suprim graphics cards are all about performance, efficiency and prestige. The new and advanced cooling system, Tri Frozr 3s, is equipped with TORX Fans 5.0, 10-core heatpipes and airflow control fins that promise to maximize performance while keeping the GPU temperature cool. The RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 16GB models will also have a vapor chamber, while the RTX 4080 12G model will have a solid nickel-plated copper baseplate. The Suprim will be equipped with RGB Mystic Light with customizable lighting options and users will be able to quickly switch between low noise or additional performance settings. The RTX 4090 model will occupy 3.75 slots and the RTX 4080 models will occupy 3.75 and 3.5 slots respectively. That’s a lot of room to give up, so heed this warning to you, fellow small PC users.
This generation will also introduce the Suprim Liquid series, which will utilize a connected closed-loop liquid cooling system to keep temperatures low and performance high. MSI Silent Gale P12 fans provide massive air pressure, and the TORX 5.0 fan situated on top of the heatsink promises even more cooling at peak performance. This model is only available for the RTX 4090.
trio of games
We see a familiar look and feel with the Gaming Trio, with just a few updates, like the iconic three fans, which focus airflow on the improved Tri Frozr 3 cooling system. This model also hosts a nickel-plated copper baseplate and features RGB LEDs that work with MSI’s Mystic Light Sync and Ambient Link software to create a customizable, colorful experience. The graphics card will occupy 3.75 slots for the RTX 4090 model and 3.25 slots for the RTX 4080.
This model continues its no-frills design philosophy. The Ventus is slim and has an improved cooling system, reinforced aluminum backplate, and a simple but satisfying aesthetic that fits into any build. It’s a pretty practical design that seems to do what it says on the box. This one is a little thinner than its siblings, coming in at 3 and 2.5 slots for the 4090 and 4080 respectively.
Release dates for all of the above models have yet to be released by MSI, although we suspect we could see the series in late October or early November to coincide with the release of Nvidia’s standard GPUs.
Asus is in on the action, releasing GPUs in its ROG Strix and TUF Gaming lines, introducing pretty beefy variants of the GeForce RTX 40 series and we’re here for it! The designs of the new models are industrial and chic and, once again, place great emphasis on the latest and greatest refrigeration techniques.
ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090
Asus claims to have designed this graphics card with higher resolution and refresh rates in mind, and we can see aspects of that feeling in these graphics cards. The new 3.5-slot ultra-rigid die-cast frame is designed to prevent sagging and warping while allowing for uninterrupted airflow, which is a balancing act for such a compact and powerful graphics card. The rebuilt heatsink and updated Axial technology fans promise a 24% increase in airflow than the previous ROG RTX 3090, which would be impressive if true.
TUF Gaming Geforce RTX 4090
TUF gaming cards aren’t much different from the ROG Strix models we’ve known so far, aside from a slightly slimmer body and ARGB lighting that works with Aura Sync. There’s a huge opening on the edge of the backplate and a new vapor chamber to help with cooling. This is turning out to be a pretty big graphics card, something to keep in mind if you have a small or compact PC.
The design choice Zotac made with its version of the GeForce RTX 40 series is a favorite of some of our team members. Each of the three models has a very interesting squoval design that works really well with the RGB setup and general vibe that Zotac is trying to follow. We will see three variants: AMP Extreme AIRO, Trinity and Trinity OC.
AMP Extreme Air
This is the new flagship model, designed with “gamers and enthusiasts who want the best performance” in mind, according to Zotac. The new ‘Air Optimized’ design features counter-rotating fans and full RGB lighting on the die-cast metal backplate.
The AMP Extreme Airo features the IceStorm 3.0 Advanced cooling system, which mounts three large fans that are twice the blade height and width of its previous generation. The steam chamber is paired with nine composite copper heat pipes, which are larger than those seen on some other models. The new modern design allows waste heat to escape more freely through the ventilation paths.
Trinity and Trinity OC
The Trinity and Trinity OC models utilize the same IceStorm 3.0 Advanced Cooling system as the AMP Extreme Airo, as well as active fan control and a heavy-duty metal backplate. Both Trinity models have SPECTRA 2.0 RGB lighting and a new Firestorm Utility feature that comes with more options and controls such as clock speed, fan speed, fan curve settings and more. The design is similar in form to Zotac’s flagship, but a little less flashy overall.
All in all, we have a wide range of GPU designs to choose from in the coming months, all with different aesthetics and specs to suit a variety of needs. Many third-party manufacturers have faced the challenge that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4000 series presents, trying to cope with the power and performance that the graphics card can achieve.
The 4000 series will give us graphics processing power like we’ve never seen before, and it’s obvious from the new variants we can see around October 2022 that manufacturing companies have had to step up their game to match the obvious excitement that PC gamers have. have around. the new cards. Meanwhile, the RTX 3000 series GPUs are already seeing significant price cuts and may continue to do so as we approach release dates, so this is the perfect time to buy one if you’ve been waiting.
With cheaper prices for a (now) more affordable GPU, the RTX 4000 series may not have as many eager buyers as expected. Most people won’t need the kind of performance output that the RTX 4000 series offers, so buying any of the RTX 3000 series models can be a great idea if you want great performance for a much cheaper price. Until the announcement the RTX 3000 series, particularly the RTX 3090 Ti, were the best on the market, and now that these cards are significantly cheaper, this is the perfect opportunity to experience that level of performance without breaking the bank.
Most of the models we’ve reviewed are configured to take up a few slots in whatever PC case they’re installed in, and are very, very large and heavy. They all seem to be focused on improved cooling solutions and that could be a nod to how hot the RTX 4000 series will run. So basically: be prepared to make some room in your gear chassis!
Ever looked at the glowing white Home button on your Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 and wondered, ‘what if it was purple?’ Well, now it might be, with the latest Xbox update.
Microsoft has released an update for the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 that allows for home button color customization. Want to change that plain white light for a pink, green or even yellow? Now you can!
Accessible through the Xbox Accessories app on Xbox Series X|S (via Xbox Wire (opens in new tab) ), you can choose from over 16 million colors by changing hue and saturation, thanks to RGB support. But it’s worth noting that this new feature is only available for the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2. If you have a standard Xbox Wireless Controller, you’re out of luck for now.
The update arrives on the same day as the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 Core Edition release. This white version of the Elite, officially revealed earlier this month, is cheaper than the standard black one. But that’s only because the accessories included in the standard edition are sold separately for the white variant.
Ready to make your controller your screen? Customize the Xbox button color on your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 pic.twitter.com/AaZORHBv2KSeptember 21, 2022
How to Customize the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 Home Button
To start customizing the home button color of your Xbox Elite Controller Series 2, you need to update it with the latest firmware. You might be prompted to do this the next time you turn on your Xbox console.
Once updated, go to ‘My Games & Apps’ and find the Xbox Accessories app. This can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store if you don’t already have it. Once in the app, choose (or create) a profile for your Xbox Elite Controller Series 2.
You should then see a new ‘Color’ tab in your controller’s profile. Navigate to that and you can start changing the Xbox Home Button Hue and Saturation.
A nice update, but…
I’m a huge sucker for hardware customization of any kind. Anything from swappable thumbsticks to RGB lighting and I’m in. So I must be a big fan of this latest Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 update. And I am… almost.
I find it a shame that the color of the Xbox Home button remains static after being customized. It’s a petty detail, I’ll admit, but as someone who loves the color shift effects on my Corsair K65 PC and keyboard, I can’t help but be a little disappointed with the Elite’s implementation. Just a little, though.
But in any case, it’s a lovely new feature and should work brilliantly in conjunction with the Xbox Design Lab, which the Xbox Elite Series 2 controllers will be added to later this year.
Die Akkuprozentanzeige in iOS 16 ist zu einem beliebten Thema geworden, seit das Update for alle mit einem iPhone 8 and höher verfügbar ist, aber eine Vorschauversion von iOS 16.1 verfeinert sie weiter.
Anstatt eines konstanten Wertes vor dem Batteriessymbol wird nun auch die Batterie selbst abnehmen. Wenn dein iPhone also zum Beispiel 20% erreicht, wird das Symbol wie bisher in Rot angezeigt, während die Prozentzahl bestehen bleibt.
Es ist zwar nur eine kleine Änderung, aber sie kommt denjenigen zugute, die das Beste aus beiden Welten wollen – ein Batteriessymbol, das den Prozentsatz anzeigt, während die Batterie selbst zusammen mit dem Wert abläuft.
Du kannst dich selbst davon überzeugen, wenn du dein iPhone für Apples Beta-Softwareprogramm (opens in new tab) more installed and iOS 16.1 installed. Mir gefällt es im Moment besser, zumal auch andere iPhones diese Funktion erhalten werden, sobald das Update für alle verfügbar ist.
Wenn es nicht kaputt ist…
Der Prozentwert verschwand, is also Aussparung mit dem iPhone X im Jahr 2017 eingeführt wurde, da es zu wenig Platz für beides gab. Die Funktion gab é zum ersten Mal 2009 on iOS 3, wo jeder, der ein iPhone 3GS or other models besaß, einen Schalter umlegen konnte and ein numerischer Wert neben dem Batteriessymbol erschien.
Apple beschloss jedoch, Diese Funktion mit iOS 16 in einer neuen Form wieder einzuführen, bei der der Wert über dem Batteriessymbol angezeigt wird. Ich habe mich gefreut, dass dies auf meinem iPhone 13 Pro wieder der Fall ist, denn bisher musste ich das Kontrollzentrum von der oberen rechten Seite des Displays herunterklappen, um es zu sehen. Jetzt kann ich stattdessen einfach einen Blick auf den Wert oben rechts werfen.
Aber man kann es nicht allen recht machen. Deshalb verbessert Apple das Symbol so, dass es den Batteriestand anzeigt, so wie es vorher war. Wenn ich mir das auf meinem iPhone X mit iOS 16.1 ansehe, sieht es für mich jetzt unübersichtlich aus – du hast ein sich änderndes Batteriessymbol und einen numerischen Wert an Derselben Stelle.
Da wir uns noch in der Beta-Phase befinden, kann sich das noch ändern, bevor iOS 16.1 erscheint, aber es wäre gut, wenn man das Batteriessymbol besser anpassen könnte, so dass jeder Nutzer es so anzeigen lassen könnte, wie es jetzt ist oder wie es in Zukunft sein könnte. Trotzdem ist es schön, nach so vielen Jahren einen Prozentwert zu haben, aber wir werden abwarten müssen, bis iOS 16.1 for alle mit einem iPhone 8 and höher verfügbar ist.
Apple set off a tectonic shift in the iPhone world this year when it added a new device and naming scheme to the iPhone 14 lineup with the iPhone 14 Plus.
Originally considered the ‘iPhone 14 Max’ and designed to complement the sizable iPhone 14 Pro Max – with a simpler chip, display and camera system, the 14 Plus also showed that Apple was not beyond reworking its product names for the better. clarity.
Rumors now suggest the company will apply a similar treatment to next year’s top-of-the-line iPhones. Instead of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, it’s starting to look like we’ll be introduced to an ‘iPhone 15 Ultra’, configured to sit above the iPhone 15 Pro.
The naming is not uncommon for Apple. The company has just released an extreme version of its smartwatch – loaded to the gills with features – called the Apple Watch Ultra.
The notion of an Apple iPhone 15 Ultra makes sense to us and breaking away from the Pro in the name will make Apple better justify any differences Apple decides to inject into its two more capable 2023 iPhones. The 15 Ultra is likely to be more than just a bigger screen and battery, as is the case with the current iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
Cut to the chase
What is it? The Biggest and Worst of Apple’s Expected iPhones for 2023
When do you leave? Probably September 2023
How much will it cost? As much, if not more than the current 14 Pro Max, probably
iPhone 15 Ultra release date predictions
Apple events historically take place in the first or second week of September. The company likes to make an announcement on a Tuesday or Wednesday and start pre-sales on the same Friday. The phone usually hits stores the following Friday.
For the iPhone 14, that event dropped on September 7 (admittedly, earlier than expected), with three of the four phones going on sale more than a week later on September 16 (the iPhone 14 Plus doesn’t arrive until October 7).
In 2023, that means September 5th or 12th are likely event dates (both are Tuesdays), although the 6th and 13th are also possibilities. We could see the phone in stores as early as September 15th.
iPhone 15 Ultra price leaks
The first leaks about how Apple is going to price the iPhone 15 Ultra are telling. Apple can start the Ultra phone for $1,199. That would put the phone at the same price point as Samsung’s current “Ultra” device, the Galaxy S22 Ultra. This phone costs $1,199.99 / £1,149 / AU$1,849.
The current iPhone 14 Pro Max is priced at $1,099 / £1,199 / AU$1,899, which is a price increase outside the US market over last year’s model. We think it’s possible that when Apple switches from ‘Pro Max’ to ‘Ultra’ it will raise the price by $100 in the US with corresponding price increases elsewhere.
Hopefully this price increase will also come with more reasons to buy. The current iPhone 14 Pro Max offers a larger screen and battery than the standard 14 Pro, and that’s it. That’s a huge bonus for $100, but if Apple is going to raise the price even further, it needs to offer more features and more hardware to justify the price.
In other words, we expect the iPhone 15 Ultra to cost about the same as the iPhone 14 Pro Max, with 256GB of storage.
iPhone 15 Ultra news, rumors and leaks
We’ve heard a lot about the much-anticipated iPhone 15 with rumors dating back to before the launch of the iPhone 14 series, but only recently has news surfaced of a top-tier Apple iPhone 15 Ultra. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman mentioned shortly after the launch of line 14 that an Ultra would be coming, and this was the first we’ve heard of this possible new nomenclature.
After that, we heard more confirmations of other iPhone 15 leaks, and one leaker suggested that in addition to a bigger screen and battery, the iPhone 15 Ultra could have a better camera setup than its sibling iPhone 15 Pro.
The information was pretty vague, with the leak saying that Apple was testing a much-anticipated 8K video recording feature for its upcoming iPhone, but the leaker wasn’t sure if this feature would make it to the iPhone 15 Pro or just the higher-end. iPhone 15 Ultra. This has sparked speculation that the Ultra phone could see camera improvements over the Pro.
Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra is a step up from the Galaxy S22 Plus and the base model Galaxy S22, and a significant improvement is the addition of a periscope-style telephoto zoom lens. Leaks suggest Apple could also use a periscope zoom on its larger Ultra device, and the size requirements for that lens would make more sense on the larger phone compared to the smaller iPhone 15 Pro that is also expected next fall.