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If you own an Apple Watch and enjoy working out, we’ve got a very useful post. Today, I am going to share a post on how to see heart rate recovery on Apple Watch and iPhone. Heart Rate Recovery (HRR) shows you how healthy your heart is. It is used to analyse how your heart recovers from exercise. So, it plays an important role in determining your fitness level. It’s also measured in many fitness tests, so it’s useful to keep track of it with your smart devices like Apple Watch and iPhone. Let’s take a closer look!
* What is Heart Rate Recovery?
* What is Healthy Heart Rate Recovery?
* How to See Heart Rate Recovery on Apple Watch
* How to See Heart Rate Recovery on iPhone
What is Heart Rate Recovery?
During intense workouts like walking, running, cycling, and swimming, your heart rate goes up. This is because the heart starts to pump faster as, during these activities, the body cells need more oxygen quickly.
According to WebMD, “Heart rate recovery is a measurement of how much the heart rate falls during the first minute after peak exercise.” So suppose your standard heart rate is around 70 bpm. On a treadmill, it reaches around 130. Now Heart rate recovery is the rate (measurement) that is taken immediately after an exercise that tells how much (how quickly/at what rate) this increased heart rate falls back (decreases).
If a person’s heart is healthy, it will return quicker to the normal bpm rate. If someone’s heart is less healthy, then it will take longer to return to normal bpm after an intense workout.
What is Healthy Heart Rate Recovery?
A decrease of 15 to 25 beats per minute is normal heart rate recovery. Any number above this is good. But if the heart rate recovery is 12 or less beats per minute, then this is considered ‘abnormal,’ and for such individuals, there is a greater risk for heart diseases.
How to See Heart Rate Recovery on Apple Watch
Apple Watch measures your heart rate, and you can even turn on automatic notifications to know if your heart rate remains above or falls below the chosen beats per minute.
It is recommended that to measure the recovery heart rate accurately, you should stop your Apple Watch workout immediately after workout. Now that we are clear with the basics let us know how to see it on Apple Watch.
1. Open the Heart Rate app on your Apple Watch.
2. Scroll down and tap on Recovery. You will see this option if you have a workout recorded for the day.
3. Here you will see your recovery heart rate after 1 minute and also after 2 minutes.


See Heart Rate Recovery on Apple Watch
Image Credit: 9to5mac.com
If the values are above 15, then you are okay. In case it isn’t, you should check it regularly for a few days, and if every day it is below that, you must talk to a doctor.
How to See Heart Rate Recovery on iPhone
To read heart rate recovery on iPhone for workouts, you will have to use the iPhone paired with your Apple Watch.
1. Open the Activity app on your iPhone.
2. Select the day from top.
3. Scroll down and tap on a recorded workout.
4. Swipe from right to left on the Heart Rate card. You will see the Heart Rate Recovery section with the appropriate data.

See Heart Rate Recovery on iPhone
Image Credit: 9to5mac.com

That’s all my friends!
Signing off…
It is vital that you follow a healthy lifestyle and allocate a portion of the day for exercise. A healthy body ensures better work and family time. What do you think about the health features of Apple Watch?

source: igeeksblog.com

 A lot of tech companies are pulling back in the wake of coronavirus, but it seems that OnePlus won’t be among them. New leaks suggest the company’s OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro smartphones are still launching soon, and we know what sort of specs and design to expect. We’ve got the most information about the OnePlus 8 Pro, which will come in this lovely seafoam green colour. It’ll also have all the latest hardware, as is OnePlus’ custom.
The render of the OnePlus 8 Pro is important for a few reasons. First, it confirms this great green colour, which is much more fun than all those boring black and grey slabs.
The OnePlus branding on the back of the phone is also in-line with the company’s week-old rebranding. That indicates the render is very new. We also get to see the device from every angle — OnePlus has adopted a hole-punch display for the front-facing camera, a change from last year’s motorised slider.
 The OLED panel also has even slimmer bezels than the last-gen phones.
The leak also included full specs for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro.
As expected, both phones will have a Snapdragon 865 with full 5G support for US carriers.
The Pro will have a 6.78-inch 1440p OLED with a 120Hz refresh rate just like the Galaxy S20. The non-Pro model will have a slightly smaller 6.55-inch 1080p OLED with a 90Hz refresh rate. The phones will also start at 8GB of RAM in the base models, and the Pro will get new LPDDR5 for faster speeds.
Both phones will come with 30W Warp Charge, but the Pro finally adds wireless charging. The spec sheet lists a 30W wireless charging option, which means a proprietary standard. The Pro also gains water-resistance (IP68) for the first time.
In OnePlus’ early years, you could only get its phones unlocked and at full price after getting “invited” to buy one. That was a way to keep production costs low, but now you can just order the phones when they launch. Several US carriers have also started selling its phones. We expect at least a few carriers will offer the OnePlus 8 or OnePlus 8 Pro when the phones launch. As for pricing and date, that’s unclear. The company hasn’t announced anything, but it will surely be an online event.

source: extremetech.com

The easiest way to determine if your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is throttling your internet connection is to run a speed test and then run the speed test again using a virtual private network (VPN). If your connection is significantly faster with the VPN, your ISP is likely throttling your service.
This trick works because ISPs sometimes throttle your speeds when they notice certain types of traffic (like torrenting or streaming), and a VPN encrypts your data so the ISP can’t see what kind of traffic is coming and going.
Of course, there are other reasons you could be experiencing slower speeds than you’re used to. And using a VPN isn’t helpful in every situation. Never fear! We’ll walk you through everything you need to know about internet bandwidth throttling.
What is throttling?
Internet throttling is when your ISP intentionally limits your internet bandwidth or speed. Providers do this for a number of reasons, and it usually manifests as a sloth-like connection.
Why do ISPs throttle internet?
ISPs have a ton of excuses reasons for throttling your internet. But these are the top four culprits:
* Network congestion
* Data caps
* Paid prioritization
* Forbidden activity
Network congestion
During times of heavy internet use in a single area, ISPs sometimes throttle everyone’s internet in that area. This makes it so all customers can at least access part of the network instead of some houses on the street having perfect service and others not being able to connect at all. This is most likely to happen during peak use hours from about 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Data caps
If you notice sluggish internet speeds toward the end of the month, it might be because you hit your data cap. Some ISPs limit how much high-speed data you can use in a billing cycle, and going over that cap can result in some bandwidth throttling.
Everything you do online—from loading a web page to streaming your favorite show on Netflix—uses internet data and counts toward that data cap. ISPs usually offer a way to track how much data you’re using through an online portal so you can monitor your data use and make sure you don’t go overboard right at the beginning of the month.
Any ISP that has a data cap has to include that information in your service agreement. So, if you’re experiencing throttling, take a look at your contract or call customer service.
Here’s a list of Internet Service Providers with data caps:
* AT&T
* Buckeye Broadband
* Cable ONE
* CenturyLink
* Cox
* HughesNet
* Mediacom
* Viasat
* Xfinity
A few internet providers without data caps are Spectrum, Frontier, and RCN.
Paid prioritization
Sometimes ISPs throttle certain internet applications—like Netflix or Hulu—to discourage you from using them (and maybe to convince you to use their own proprietary streaming service). It’s fishy, we know. An ISP could also throttle internet service where specific websites are concerned if the ISP wants that site to pay for faster load times.
There are also instances where ISPs throttle certain types of data because it simply takes up a lot of bandwidth (even though you’re already paying for it) and puts pressure on the network. This could happen with large downloads or torrents.


All of this is good for the ISP’s pocket but terrible for consumers. And paid prioritization used to be illegal until net neutrality laws were repealed in 2018.
What is net neutrality?
Net neutrality is the idea that your ISP shouldn’t be able to control what you can and can’t access on the internet. With net neutrality, all lawful internet data and traffic is treated equally.


Legislation was passed in 2015 in the US to protect net neutrality. But those protections were repealed in 2018, leaving control of the internet up to corporations who greatly benefit from practices that hurt the free internet and everyone who uses the internet—things like paid prioritization, censorship, and throttling.
We support net neutrality because a free and open internet is imperative to free speech in America.
If you also support net neutrality, contact your Senator to support it and the Save the Internet Act.
Forbidden activities ISPs can throttle internet connections when the customer is participating in illegal online activities. That’s all we’re going to say about that.

source: highspeedinternet.com

A lot of people are working from home these days — and many are discovering that their internet isn’t as fast as they need it to be. Likewise, those investing in games, more streaming entertainment, and other online activities may find that the speeds in their current situation aren’t up to desired levels. So, what’s the best way to improve your internet speeds in 2020? Let’s take a look at current best practices and take your internet connection to new heights!


Not sure how your internet speed is faring? You can take a minute and run an internet speed test to get more exact numbers. Remember, running the test several times throughout the day will give you better information about your average speeds.
Reset your router

Resetting your router has a lot of advantages for the average home network. It can help dispel hacking attempts, reset the router’s limited memory to help speed things up, and even apply important updates that your router may have been waiting on.
The key is to reboot your router properly. You don’t want to do a factory reset, which will erase all your settings and force you to start from scratch. Avoid the pinholes and on-router reset buttons; instead, simply unplug your router from all connected devices and then from its power source, fully shutting it down. Wait for about a minute for everything to fully turn off, then plug your router back into your power source, modem, and anything else you need. We also have a full guide on what to know about router resetting for more info.
Manage your Wi-Fi channels

Most routers these days are dual-band, which means they offer connections over both the 2.5Ghz frequency and the 5GHz frequency. Some routers are also tri-band, which just means there’s an additional 5GHz band to spread out connections even more.
These different channels exist so that you can apportion device connections across the spectrum and lower the demands for a single channel. This can help speed up your connections, especially if the 2.5GHz band is getting a little crowded.
As a general rule, the 5Ghz band is shorter range but a bit faster, more suitable for devices that are close to the router. The 2.5GHz band is longer range but a little slower, a better choice for devices in other rooms or mobile devices that move around a lot.


Some routers come with automatic allocation features that can assign devices to different channels based on connection needs and switch them to new channels as circumstances change. That’s great, but most routers still don’t have that service, which means you need to go into your router settings and make sure networks are set up for all the bands on your router, then connect each device individually to the channel that’s best for them. It’s a little work, but it really can make a difference for your speeds.
Manage the devices on your network

The average home router can handle around 250 connected devices in theory — in practice, as more devices pile up, bandwidth struggles to cover network needs and slowdowns happen. At the modern home or office where everyone has multiple mobile devices, and smart devices are common, routers can get overstretched and start creating speed problems.
If a lot of new devices have been connected to your Wi-Fi and you are noticing speed problems, you may want to start limiting connected devices.

For newer routers, open up your router app and look for the list of connected devices. For older routers, enter your IP address in the browser and search to find your administrator settings, where you should look for a section that says Manage Devices, Restrict Access, or something similar. While settings can vary, you should look for several important options here:
    •    Finding unnecessary devices: If devices don’t need to be on your network or it looks like someone is hijacking your Wi-Fi, you can kick these devices off. You can also look for an option to ban their MAC addresses, and make sure you change your Wi-Fi password when finished. It’s not a perfect solution, but it can help remove unknown devices quickly.
    •    Throttle bandwidth: Some routers allow you to choose specific connections to throttle, or slow down their speeds. This way, you can give less bandwidth to devices only needed for simple tasks, and more bandwidth to devices used for gaming and streaming, which cuts down on speed problems.
    •    Restrict usage: Routers may also have the ability to restrict hours of use for certain devices, which is a good way to make sure devices don’t hog too much bandwidth during key hours of the day. It’s also a reliable way to manage kids’ online connections for busy families.
    •    Voice commands: We’re seeing more and more devices with voice command compatibility, especially for Alexa. Saying, “Alexa, disconnect this device” or “Alexa, turn off Timmy’s Wi-Fi” can be useful commands. Alexa can also help you quickly move between router modes (chatting, gaming, standard, etc.) to prioritise certain activities.
Using Ethernet connections

Thus far, we are assuming that you have to use Wi-Fi connections around your home. However, if your computer (or other device) is close enough to the router, then you should consider using a wired Ethernet connection to the ports on your router. This is a very reliable way of increasing speeds, since a wired connection is free of many of the issues that can cause Wi-Fi slowdowns.
“Flush” your DNS

A DNS (domain name system) record keeps track of all the website addresses you visit to better improve future visits. However, DNS records rely on you and the website both staying on their respective servers. If servers change over time — which happens to many websites — the DNS will actually hurt your connection speed because it doesn’t recognise the new server. That’s why it can be a good idea to, as they say, flush your DNS from time to time.
This process doesn’t take long with the right steps. On Windows 10, simply search for Command prompt in the search box, and open the app. Make sure you are running as administrator! Then type the command line, “ipconfig/flushdns” and select enter. Windows will let you know the DNS has been cleared.
Switch to a faster browser

Does your slowdown primarily happen when you use your browser or open a lot of new tabs? Think about switching to a more minimalistic browser that only loads what is necessary. Browsers like Brave for Mac and Opera excel at this, especially if you are willing to tinker with settings. If you haven’t already tried it, Google Chrome is also known for being one of the fastest major browser options.
Add an extension to manage your cache

Your browser cache stores copies of website content to make it easier to reload sites. As internet users learn, when a cache gets too full it can slow down online performance (cookies, history, and similar saved data can also have an impact). Clearing your cache manually can be a pain, which is why it tends to build up over time. We suggest an easier path: Download a Clear Cache extension that will help you customise your clearing actions and immediately clear with a simple button on your browser taskbar.
Consider using a VPN

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If you search whether a VPN (virtual private network) can increase your internet speeds, you’ll probably find a lot of conflicting information. Here’s the deal: Some ISPs (internet service providers) will throttle bandwidth based on certain activities, such as hitting a soft data cap or streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. If you have evidence that your ISP is throttling bandwidth like this, a VPN can help by hiding your activity so the ISP doesn’t have the data it needs to make throttling decisions.
However, in many cases a VPN can actually slow your internet speeds down with its combination of encryption and server-hopping. Only try this as a solution if you are sure your ISP is being shady. Fortunately, many VPNs are free to download and enable for a trial period if you want to test it out.
If necessary, upgrade your Wi-Fi system or bandwidth

A lot of changes are hitting the router market now, including expanded MU-MIMO features for better individual connections, Wi-Fi 6 and compatible devices, and more. These new features are great for improving speed and performance. The catch is that, if your router is a couple of years old, you probably have to buy a new version to get these upgrades — and make sure your new mobile devices are also compatible.
This provides an opportunity to find a router solution that works better for your situation. For example, mesh routers with multiple router points set up around a house could provide better performance.
You can also simply choose to upgrade your internet package to get more bandwidth. Obviously this involves higher long-term costs, but it does make an immediate difference. You can check your provider to see if there are any current deals or discounts you can take advantage of.

Note: In current conditions, many internet providers are easing restrictions on data caps, improving speeds, and taking other measures to deal with new demand. You may already be getting what’s essentially a bandwidth upgrade with these changes. Check to see if your provider has added any extra capabilities, and what difference they have made.

source: digitaltrends.com

As people around the world shift to remote work and look to the internet for personal communication and entertainment, unlimited access is more important than ever. Now, the U.K. government has reached an agreement with telecommunications companies to lift all data allowance caps on broadband plans to ensure people can continue to use the internet during the pandemic involving coronavirus, officially called COVID-19.


Major British broadband providers including BT/EE, Openreach, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk, O2, Vodafone, Three, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear, and KCOM have all agreed to lift their data caps. The providers have also agreed to consider further actions, such as working with customers who are struggling to pay their bills due to the coronavirus outbreak, offering new affordable packages for both mobile and landline-based internet for those who don’t yet have internet access at home, and providing alternative methods of communication for customers who experience problems with their internet access.


Similar policies have already been implemented in the U.S., where companies like AT&T have halted caps on broadband usage. American senators have also written an open letter urging more ISPs to follow suit and lift their bandwidth restrictions.
Regarding the lifting of data caps in Britain, Melanie Dawes, CEO of British telecom regulator Ofcom, said: “We recognise providers are dealing with unprecedented challenges at the moment. So we welcome them stepping up to protect vulnerable customers, at a time when keeping in touch with our friends and families has never been more important. We’ll continue to work with Government and industry to help make sure people stay connected.”
And Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden emphasised the importance of internet access at home to support social distancing measures while maintaining social connections: “It’s fantastic to see mobile and broadband providers pulling together to do their bit for the national effort by helping customers, particularly the most vulnerable, who may be struggling with bills at this difficult time. It is essential that people stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. This package helps people to stay connected whilst they stay home.”


Broadband caps will be lifted immediately, so if you’re in the U.K. and you have a contract with one of the mentioned providers then you should be able to use the internet without limitations for the foreseeable future.

source: digitaltrends.com

The U.S. government is using cellphone location data to track the movements of people during the outbreak of coronavirus, officially called COVID-19, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
Using data from the mobile advertising industry, government officials including those at the federal and state level, as well as those at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, have been tracking the public’s movements to better understand how coronavirus is spread. One person involved said that there was a plan to create a portal through which officials could easily track location data for up to 500 U.S. cities, which could be used to check whether people are complying with shelter-in-place orders and staying at home.
The data collected does not include any individually identifying information, such as the name of the person or their phone number. Still, there are privacy concerns about whether the government should have access to so much data revealing the exact movements of people within its borders. Some privacy advocates have argued that even if the data is anonymised, it could be used in combination with other data to identify individuals. And while using the data for the purpose of containing a deadly virus is something most people would support, there’s no way of knowing if government officials will continue to use this data for other purposes once the outbreak is more contained.
On the other hand, the data could be invaluable in slowing the spread of coronavirus by showing areas where large numbers of people are still congregating, such as parks or other public spaces. As an example, the data was used to show that large numbers of people in New York were congregating in Prospect Park in Brooklyn; information which was handed over to the local authorities.
Another approach to this issue is to get people to volunteer their location information to coronavirus researchers. This is the approach taken by the developers of Private Kit: Safe Paths, an open-source tracking app that records your location information to track where infected patients might have come into contact with others. The developers of this app emphasised the need for privacy considerations to be seriously considered when using location data in a white paper, Maintaining Personal Privacy in an Epidemic.

source: digitaltrends.com

https://cdn.igeeksblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/27192810/How-to-Use-Walkie-Talkie-on-Apple-Watch.jpgThe Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch is a pretty cool and useful way to communicate with a friend or family member. For instance, it can come to your rescue when trying to find each other in a crowd, as long as you both have an Apple Watch with watchOS 5.4 or later. Sounds interesting? Before we learn how to use Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch Series 5, 4, 3, 2, or 1; let’s first understand the feature.

What is Walkie-Talkie on Apple Watch?

Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie app is built on the same basic idea as the actual hardware walkie-talkies. You might have seen such devices used by construction workers, train drivers, signalmen, etc.How it works is you hold a TALK button and speak. Your friend, on the other end, also holds this button on his Apple Watch and replies back.

But to make this work both you and your friend need to have FaceTime enabled on your iPhone. Now that you have a brief idea about what Walkie-Talkie is, let us see how to use it.

How to Add Friends to Walkie-Talkie App on Apple Watch

You need to add a friend before to talk using Walkie-Talkie. The person needs to have a compatible Apple Watch. To add friends from your contact list:

  1. Open the Walkie-Talkie app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Now, scroll through your contacts and choose a friend who has compatible Apple Watch.
  3. An invitation is sent to the selected contact. Currently, it will appear grey and under ‘Friends You Invited.’
  4. Once the person accepts your request, their contact card will turn yellow. From now onwards, you both can talk instantly using Walkie-Talkie.

How to Accept a Walkie-Talkie Invitation on Apple Watch

When your friend sends you a Walkie-Talkie invitation, tap Always Allow. In case you miss this notification, you can find it again in your Apple Watch’s Notification Centre and also in the Walkie-Talkie app.

How to Start and Talk Using Walkie-Talkie on Apple Watch

  1. Open the Walkie-Talkie app.
  2. Tap on a friend’s name.
  3. Touch and hold the TALK button. Now go ahead and speak.

You may see ‘connecting’ on the screen. Wait for it to connect. Once it gets connected, your friend will hear you, and then you both may converse on Walkie-Talkie.

To talk, you need to touch and hold the TALK button when you speak. Once you are done, leave the hold. Your friend, too, when he needs to speak something, he has to touch and hold the TALK button.

  • Your friend will receive alerts when you talk if he is wearing the Apple Watch and has Walkie-Talkie turned ON.
  • You can use Walkie-Talkie with cellular data (if supported) or Wi-Fi, even when your iPhone is not nearby.
  • If you want to increase or decrease the volume, turn the Digital Crown of your Apple Watch.

How to Remove a Walkie-Talkie Friend on Apple Watch

You can remove a friend from the Apple Watch itself or use the paired iPhone. Here is how.

On your Apple Watch: Open the Walkie-Talkie app → Now swipe right to left on your friend’s name and tap on red delete button.

On your paired iPhone: Open the Watch app and tap Walkie-TalkieEditred minus icon before the friend’s name → Remove.

How to Turn Walkie-Talkie Availability OFF or ON

If you do not want to be available for Walkie-Talkie as you need some uninterrupted time, you can turn it OFF. Here is how.

  1. Open the Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch.
  2. Go to the top of the friend list and tap on Walkie-Talkie toggle to turn it OFF (and back ON when needed).

Additionally: You can also use the watch Control Centre to turn it OFF or ON. For this open Control Centre on Apple watch and tap on the Walkie-Talkie button.

After you have followed the above steps, turned OFF your Walkie-Talkie availability, and now if someone tries to contact you, the watch will show you a notification asking if you would like to talk.

Walkie-Talkie App Not Showing up on Apple Watch?

If the Walkie-Talkie app is not showing up or working correctly on your Apple Watch, then follow the below fixes.

  • Update Your Apple Watch: Walkie-Talkie is only available for watchOS 5.4 and later.
  • Make sure FaceTime is set up, turned on, and working correctly on your iPhone.
  • Restart your Apple Watch and your iPhone if the Walkie-Talkie issue continues.

Now, whenever you lose track of your friend or family member in a crowded mall or concert, you can use this handly litle app to find them. Of course, it’s in no way a replacement for calls, but hey, it can certainly be fun and useful now and then. What do you think?

source:igeeksblog.com

Apple has launched its COVID-19 screening app and website that were designed in partnership with the CDC, FEMA, and the White House. The software makes it easy for anyone to get free information and guidance on whether you or a loved one should seek professional medical advice, self-isolate, try to take a test, and more. Read on for how to use Apple’s COVID-19 screening app and website.

In typical Apple fashion, the app and website were designed for a really user-friendly experience for anyone to quickly and easily get help with questions and advice about coronavirus/COVID-19 as well as concrete next steps via the app or web screening for those who may be ill.

Like it does with its products and services, Apple’s free app and website also respect user privacy by not collecting answers from the screening, and they don’t identify users.

There’s also no sign-in needed to use the app and website.

How to use Apple’s COVID-19 screening app and website

  1. Download Apple’s COVID-19 app here or head to the website (app only available in the US)
  2. On the landing page you’ll see sections for more info on COVID-19, “What You Can Do”, and “COVID-19 testing”
  3. If you need to figure out next steps for yourself or someone else who is ill, choose the blue Start Screening button
  4. Pick if you are taking the screening for yourself or someone else
  5. Follow the prompts and answer all the questions to the best of your ability
  6. At the end of the screening, you’ll get a recommendation on the next steps to take

Here’s how the process looks on iPhone:

You can start by reading more about COVID-19, what you can do, or testing or if needed jump right into the screening process.

How to use coronavirus COVID-19 screening app and website walkthrough 1

Apple made the app and website look almost identical, choose Start Screening on the landing page of to begin the process for yourself or someone else (you can use the screening as many times as you want).

How to use coronavirus COVID-19 screening app and website walkthrough 2

When you complete the screening, you’ll see one of a few different results including “You Should Practice Social Distancing,” “You Should Self-Isolate,” and “Contact Your Healthcare Provider.”

Look for the Next Steps section below the result.

How to use coronavirus COVID-19 screening app and website walkthrough 3

Once you’ve used the screening, you can view past results at any time by heading back to the app’s main screen. You can also start a new screening.

How to use coronavirus COVID-19 screening app and website walkthrough 4

source:9to5mac.com

With active noise cancellation and other new features, Apple's new AirPods Pro does its best to embody the "pro" monicker affixed to the well-known name.

AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro are easy to set up



There aren't many things left unsaid about AirPods Pro. If you've seen or read any of the other reviews out there they likely all touch on the same topics.

We don't need to rehash all of those sentiments by just giving you more of the same. Rather, we want to give you a look at our past week using AirPods Pro after being daily users of the original AirPods —pretty much since launch.

A quick look at the specs



Before we do that, it would be irresponsible to not at least touch on the specs AirPods Pro is equipped with.

The new generation Apple true wireless earbud has a new design that is shorter with a more bulbous end. A new force sensor in the stem replaces the tapping gesture for controlling the headphones. Multiple sizes of silicone tips help provide a better seal and fit to help with the new noise control features.

AirPods Pro in their box

AirPods Pro in their box



Speaking of which, include active noise cancellation, Adaptive EQ, and transparency mode. These all rely not only on an external mic but an internal mic that can hear what your ear is hearing.

They now fit in a redesigned wireless charging case that is shorter and wider than the original.

More than what we asked for



Preceding the AirPods Pro announcement, there were only a couple things we needed to see on a new set of AirPods. We wanted a better fit for active lifestyles and better audio quality. AirPods would constantly fall out for us while we were hitting the treadmill or weight bench and the audio quality could best be described as "fine."

AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro are great headphones



Audio quality was quite a sticking point for us. We test piles of headphones with outstanding sound but always go back to AirPods because of their ease of use. It was disappointing to come back to such dismal audio.

Upgrading to pro



With those in mind, the absolute first thing we did after getting our hands on AirPods Pro was hit the gym, testing all of our common routines. To our surprise, we made it through an hour and a half without a single earbud coming free. Whether jumping around or lying supine, AirPods Pro didn't fall out.

AirPods Pro silicone tips come in small, medium, large

AirPods Pro silicone tips come in small, medium, large



That isn't to say that the fit was perfect for us. We've historically terrible luck with in-ear headphones. They never stay put for us.

As a general rule, AirPods Pro did fit well for us, but we could use more sizes of the silicone ear tips. A smaller size or half sizes would go a long way towards making these fit perfect. Apple, like Klipsch, chose to use an oval-shaped tip which could be part of what makes it stay in so much better, even with not the perfect size.

Apple does offer up the fit test within Bluetooth settings and while neat, didn't provide any real benefit to us. We could tell what fit very easily just by trying on the different sizes, but maybe it is more beneficial to others with differently shaped ears.

The audio quality was great. With a good fit, it was punchy, a full sound, and a huge step up for AirPods. Not saying this is audiophile quality or what you'd get with a set of dedicated over-ear cans, but wow. We were very happy with the audio quality these put out.

The nosie control toggle within Control Center for AirPods Pro

The nosie control toggle within Control Center for AirPods Pro



The active noise cancelation was a bonus for us, but a week in and we don't use it as much as others may. It is nice to have and we used it in the gym for a more immersive workout, but day-to-day we relied on transparency mode. It sounded so much more natural and allowed us to hear people talking to us in the office, delivery drivers hitting up the door, or other runners while we were out with the dogs. It may be our favorite feature of the new AirPods Pro.

In this set of AirPods, Apple forwent the tapping gesture and replaced it with the force sensors in the stems. This requires you to squeeze the stems to control playback and switch modes. The good news is that it adds more gestures than tapping, but it is still awkward to use. If you are moving, trying to squeeze will inevitably knock the AirPods Pro loose. Second-gen or AirPods Pro —we'd still prefer to just use Siri or our Apple Watch.

While we are here, we also want to give a shoutout to iOS that recently added some great features for AirPods users. Not specifically for the AirPods Pro, but great either way.

With this update, users can now have messages announced via Siri. It will automatically reduce any audio that'splaying, read the message, then quickly give you a chance to respond. If you are busy and on the go, this is amazingly helpful and we found ourselves wearing AirPods around the office just so we could respond to messages without having to dig out our phone each time.



Additionally, Audio Sharing —a feature promised with iOS 13 —finally arrived in iOS 13.2. This allows users to share audio with multiple sets of headphones at once. Say you are watching a movie and your partner wants to watch as well with their headphones. They just bring their AirPods or Beats near your phone or tablet and it will kick off a modal that lets audio be sent to each simultaneously. Works with any audio, including movies, music, or games.

Not without issues

As far as issues we ran into, during long sessions we did have the battery die out on us, which is unsurprising. They're equipped with the same battery life as the AirPods 2 but take a small hit when ANC or transparency mode is turned on. It'd have been nice to see a longer life, but we will take the smaller size as the tradeoff.

We also aren't fans of the new case. Maybe it is nitpicking, but it is what has gone through our minds several times during the past week. It is squat and kind of awkward in our hand and isn't as easy to flip open as the original. The original case was fantastic and was even useful as a fidget device we could open and close repetitively. This case, while it looks similar and feels the same, just doesn't have the same affinity to us.

An AirPods Pro individual earbud

An AirPods Pro individual earbud



There were some improvements to the microphone, which now block out wind better than before, but the same issues as the last generation are present. Namely, they are very sensitive. It is great in picking up your voice, but if you try to do anything with your hands at the same time it gets amplified greatly. Pick up a cup, crinkle a chip bag, wash your hands, really anything that makes any noise sounds crazy on the other end. In a test call, I set down a cup on the counter and the recipient of the call said it sounded like I smacked a hammer against a pipe.

Minor quibbles notwithstanding, we're overwhelmingly happy with AirPods Pro.

Should you buy AirPods Pro?



If you are an active user, moving around, jumping on planes, or frequently working out, AirPods Pro are the way to go. Otherwise, it gets murky.

Most folks are going to fall into one of three camps. They are either existing AirPods owners who are debating an upgrade, they are new to AirPods and debating the AirPods second-gen with wireless charging case, or they are new users looking at the second-gen with the standard case.

If you are in the latter camp, it is kind of hard to justify the $100 price increase between the two. There are a lot of features for that differential, but if you just want AirPods in the most cost-efficient form, then it isn't AirPods Pro.

If you are looking at the second-gen set with the wireless charging case, springing for AirPods Pro is a no-brainer. It is a $50 difference and you get better fit, water resistance, ANC, transparency mode, and far better audio. We'd make that jump in a heartbeat.

Those in the last group are hardest to quantify, being that they already have a set of AirPods —possibly the second-generation set that launched only in March. For us, with audio quality and fit being most important, we were able to justify it. Especially after gifting our other set to a family member. Before AirPods Pro we were forced to use another set of headphones while at the gym. With AirPods Pro, we get to use them twice as much.

Pros

    • Smaller design

    • Much better audio quality

    • Great ANC

    • Transparency mode is outstanding

    • Stay in much better

    • Work with Audio Sharing

    • Announce messages with Siri is particularly useful

  • Water/sweat resistant



Cons

    • Needs more granular ear tips

    • Force sensors are awkward to use

    • Charging case is awkward

  • Higher price tag and no price decrease on second-gen



Rating: 4.5 out of 5


source: appleinsider.com

Cleer Audio's Ally Plus is a pair of truly wireless earbuds that feature a slick design and active noise cancellation, making them an attractive alternative to Apple's AirPods Pro. We put the audio accessories through their paces.




It's hard not to be smitten by the appearance of the Cleer Audio's Enduro 100 wireless headphones, with impressive design and good solid construction, as well as the massive 100-hour battery life on a single charge. When given the chance to check out Cleer's new truly wireless earbuds, I was curious to see how well they'd perform.

Design & fit



Ally Plus in case



I tend not to think about the overall aesthetics of earbuds, which may be because people can't see whatever earbuds they're wearing without looking hard in a mirror. However, I will say that as far as looks go, the Ally Plus are some of the nicest truly wireless earbuds I've come across. The metallic accents feel very mature, and the clean lines look great.

The case design is also nifty, as it's small, metal, and features a magnetic hinge with a clear window —there's no guessing whether or not both earbuds are inside. It looks nice enough to be left out on the desk but holds up to being tossed in my laptop bag as well.



One of the best things about the Ally Plus is the fact that they sit comfortably in my ears. I was concerned that they'd be too big and prone to falling out, but so far I haven't had a single issue with the fit.

Cleer also includes multiple silicone tips for the earbuds, so most users will be able to find a setup that works well for them.

Ally Plus earbuds



If you're a regular gym-goer or an outdoor athlete, you'll be happy to learn the Ally Plus are IPX4 water-resistant. They can handle light rain and your sweatiest workouts with no problem.

Pairing & controls



Like most truly wireless earbuds, the first time you open the Ally Plus' case and remove the earbuds, it'll automatically enter pairing mode. It paired with a MacBook Pro quickly and without issue.

I did have to follow the manual to pair the earbuds to my iPhone later, but thankfully it's less convoluted than other earbuds I've tested.

The touch controls for the Ally Plus are simple and relatively standard. Swiping up and down will change the volume, a quick tap cycles through noise cancellation modes. You can also tap to answer calls or hold to reject them.

I was a little annoyed to find out there is no way to cycle through a playlist or skip songs while wearing the Ally Plus, which means they're not as hands-free as I prefer my wireless earbuds to be.

Sound control & battery life



When it comes to sound quality, the Cleer Ally Plus earbuds outperform the average mid-range wireless earbuds. As the earbud tip can be changed, you can create a sealed fit that helps to keep the bass adequately rumbly.

They feature 10mm neodymium drivers and updated beamforming technology, resulting in crisp highs, and even when turned up quite high, there's no distortion in any area. Overall, they're quite impressive.

Unlike a lot of other earbuds out there, these also feature active noise cancellation, rather than just passive. The Ally Plus did a decent job blocking out most environmental background noise, which would make these perfect for a long commute, air travel, or when working out.

The Ally Plus case charges via USB-C

The Ally Plus case charges via USB-C



The battery life of the Ally Plus is also an improvement over some other truly wireless earbuds as well. On a full charge, the Ally Plus earbuds gave a little over 11 hours of battery life before they had to return to the case. When fully charged, the case can provide you with 20 additional hours of playback —making the Ally Plus great for weekend trips or extended travel days.

The usual discomfort



For as comfortable as they are, the Ally Plus do cause me a fair bit of ear pain when I use the noise cancellation mode. Some people —like myself —have problems with active noise cancellation. I have a pair of on-ear Bose headphones that also give me ear pain if I wear them with noise cancellation mode activated, but it usually requires me to wear them for a couple of hours before I have to take them off.

The Ally Plus, however, gave me significant ear pain in as little as 45 minutes. This may not be the case for everyone, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it here.

Overall



I like the Ally Plus. I think they're a great pair of earbuds with a design that makes them geared a bit more toward a sophisticated audience. My only major complaint is the lack of audio control included with the touch controls, but for regular day-to-day use, I find myself reaching for them over and over again.

Where to buy

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If you want a pair of your own Cleer Audio Ally Plus earbuds, head to Amazon or Cleer Audio's website, where you can purchase them for for $199.99.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



Pros

  • Sophisticated design
  • Active noise cancellation mode
  • 10 Horus battery life



Cons

  • Active noise cancellation mode may give some users ear pain
  • No on-device music control

source: appleinsider.com

The new 2020 iPad Pro is slightly more powerful than ever, and that minor spec upgrade that it got this time around, it is now more about what can happen with software down the road than hardware improvements today.

11-inch 2020 iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard Folio

11-inch 2020 iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard Folio



When Apple launched iPad back in 2010, it didn't quite know what iPad would be. It went through a number of exploratory phases like going all-in on periodicals with Newsstand before killing it off then coming back with Apple News+ years later, and adopting the Apple Pencil.

During the time of the first iPad, little did we know that iPad would eventually embrace the mouse or trackpad, and cameras would play a huge part of the iPad's feature set.

Yet here we are, in 2020, with the latest iPad Pro that does all of those things. Apple's iPad is no longer just a consumption device or a casual tablet for light work —it is a full-on content-creation, multitasking, mouse-wielding, portable device that can get the job done.

When we tell people that we use iPad as a tool to produce 4K videos or as our writing instrument of choice, people no longer show surprise or act as if its some insurmountable task. People everywhere have embraced iPad for a huge array of different purposes and the 2020 iPad Pro is absolutely the best one yet —even if the differences model-over-model aren't all that riveting.

Hardware changes on iPad, like iPhone before it, have become a bit more predictable and a bit less flashy. Apple has iterated on tried-and-true tactics to perfect the device while also focusing strongly on the software.

Apple started down this road in 2019 with the branching off of iPadOS from iOS to allow more iPad-specific features and we expect Apple to continue that trend.

Cursor support arrives on iPad

Cursor support arrives on iPad



Announced alongside the new iPad Pro was iPadOS 13.4 that, much to everyone's surprise, brought full-fledged cursor support plus support for Bluetooth mice and trackpads to the tablet line. For productivity users, this update paired with iPadOS will play a large part in how successful the iPad Pro is as a pro tablet.

De-prioritizing hardware changes



11-inch iPad Pro

11-inch iPad Pro



This time around, the physical changes to iPad Pro are minimal. It looks identical to the 2018 iPad Pro.

The new iPad Pros still have the same gorgeous Liquid Retina display, the same support for Apple Pencil, and the same TrueDepth camera system.

The new camera bump houses a 12MP wide-angle camera and a 10MP ultra-wide angle camera

The new camera bump houses a 12MP wide-angle camera and a 10MP ultra-wide angle camera



Where it changed primarily was with the rear-facing cameras. It got a new 10MP ultra-wide-angle camera and a new LiDAR scanner. These are big changes, but if you don't ever use augmented reality or take photos with your iPad Pro they are largely a moot point.

The tablets now support Wi-Fi 6, though you need a Wi-Fi 6 router to take advantage of that feature. The base models now start at 128GB of storage rather than only 64GB.

Apple even slipped essentially the same processor as the previous generation in, just incrementing the letter and activating one additional GPU core. A new report says the A12Z is the exact same chip as the A12X, but the latter had one of the eight GPU cores deactivated. They enabled it with the A12Z and stuck a new marketing name atop.

That paints a fairly underwhelming picture if you own a 2018 iPad Pro and wanted a big worthwhile, headline-grabbing reason to upgrade. Fact is, almost everyone on the 2018 iPad Pro will have no need to make the jump, unless you want that LiDAR scanner.

Taking measurements with iPad Pro as a massive viewfinder

Taking measurements with iPad Pro as a massive viewfinder



iPad Pro, as much as some don't want to admit it, is starting to be more like a computer. Most folks don't upgrade their Mac every year because a new model drops, yet a kitted-out iPad Pro can get into 13-inch MacBook Pro territory.

So while these changes aren't flashy for 2018 would-be upgraders, they are quality of life improvements for anyone else who was contemplating picking one up.

The iPad Pro was already such a powerful and polished device that its biggest gains were to be had through software, and possibly additional accessories. We're looking at you, Magic Keyboard, that has yet to ship.

Performance ceiling



There is something to be said for Apple making its own chipsets. They are industry-leading in power and battery utilization and have been for some time. It poses a bit of a query for Apple when developing a new chip. In the case of iPad Pro, most users weren't hitting the performance ceiling that the A12X Bionic imposed.

Multitasking App Switcher on iPad Pro

Multitasking App Switcher on iPad Pro



In reality, the biggest spec iPad Pro had to boost was graphics. And not because the previous-generation graphics were underpowered, but because you can always encode that video faster or export that massive RAW image quicker. This is what Apple gave us in the new A12Z Bionic processor, slightly better graphics.

To test, we ran the latest Geekbench 5.1 benchmarks. Our 2018 iPad Pro delivered around a 1116 single-core and a 4584 multi-core score. The new 2020 model garnered a similar 1117 single-core and a 4653 multi-core. These are effectively identical results if you take into account the variability of Geekbench testing.

An extra GPU core means better graphics scores. 2018 iPad Pro (left) compared to 2020 iPad Pro (right)

Geekbench Computer Metal graphics test on 2018 (left) and 2020 (right) iPad Pros

Geekbench Computer Metal graphics test on 2018 (left) and 2020 (right) iPad Pros



When we turned to the Geekbench Compute benchmark which tests the Metal graphics performance, the 2018 Pro earned a 9069 while the new 2020 pulled a 9616. This gain is explained by the increase in GPU cores within the A12Z Bionic.

For another test, we turned to iMovie. We created a four-minute and 39-second 4K video on the new and previous-generation iPad Pro and exported the video for sharing. The 2018 iPad Pro took 20.05 seconds to complete and the 2020 iPad Pro only took 5.12 seconds.

This is a practical real-world gain and demonstrates why even just one additional core can make a difference. Videos editors who are doing more than just a four-minute clip are going to be happy with those improved render times.

iPad Pro cameras



The iPad Pro doesn't have quite the same 12MP camera as the iPhone 11 does, but it isn't far off. The cameras aren't just used for taking pictures of your pets, there are a ton of commercial and professional applications as well. For these, a competent camera is necessary.

New camera module on 2020 iPad Pro

New camera module on 2020 iPad Pro



The ultra-wide lens helps out further. It is only 10MP, but otherwise takes decent shots. The ultra-wide, like it does on the iPhone 11 line, takes in up to twice as much horizontally. Perfect for close quarters or scenic views.

There is a part of us that wishes Apple would have taken advantage of this lens to enable 1X portrait mode on the iPad, or even standard 2X with the help of both lenses or even the LiDAR scanner. At the same time, we don't want to necessarily encourage everyone to prioritize taking pictures with a massive tablet.

LiDAR demo using a pre-release version of the Primer app

LiDAR demo using a pre-release version of the Primer app



The LiDAR scanner sits next to the other dual shooters. LiDAR, an acronym for light detection and ranging, measures how long it takes for light to hit a surface and return which allows the system to create a 3D image of the scene in front of it.

The most obvious use of LiDAR is to enhance augmented reality capabilities, a vertical Apple has been exploring for quite some time. LiDAR assists with person occlusion and is able to create a real-time mesh around complicated scenes.

We saw this for ourselves when we spoke to the developers behind the Primer app. This app allows you to preview wallpaper, paint, or tile in your own home. After only a couple days with the updated ARKit 3.5 SDK they were able to get a working build. It is quite impressive, though it loses its luster if you don't have any practical application for AR in your own use.

Updated Measure app on iPad Pro

Updated Measure app on iPad Pro



Without any user-facing application, other than the Measure app, most users may never even know the LiDAR scanner exists.

The new Measure app easily finds vertices

The new Measure app easily finds vertices



Speaking of the Measure app, Apple did take the chance to improve it on the new iPad Pro. In our tests, it is more accurate, faster, better at detecting surfaces, and can display a running list of measurements for you to copy out to notes, a message, or an email.

It snaps to edges, can project angles, and aws closer to the actual values when compared to a physical measuring tape measurement.

The Apple accessory lineup



Per usual, Apple has myriad accessories it hopes to add to your iPad Pro setup.

2020 iPad Pro in the blue Smart Cover

2020 iPad Pro in the blue Smart Cover



There is an updated version of the Smart Cover which comes in new colors but otherwise functions as it always has. Using magnets, it wakes and sleeps your iPad Pro when it opens and closes and can roll back to act as a stand for the iPad Pro in both vertical and horizontal orientations.

Using the second-generation Apple Pencil with 2020 iPad Pro

Using the second-generation Apple Pencil with 2020 iPad Pro



Then we have the second-generation Apple Pencil. Nothing changed here either and our original review still stands. It remains a greatly useful device for drawing, note-taking, coloring, dealing with documents, or editing photos.

Our biggest hangup is with the Smart Keyboard Folio. It was mildly updated to highlight the Apple logo horizontally while typing, but otherwise appears to be the same. Unfortunately, there were issues with the design that debuted with the 2018 version. We aren't talking about all our gripes we highlighted in the original review, we are talking about reliability issues that have sprung up over time.

Typing on the Smart Keyboard Folio can be frustrating

Typing on the Smart Keyboard Folio can be frustrating



We have had our Smart Keyboard Folio swapped out twice but it appears the issue is systematic and plagues all the units across the board. Because the keyboard of the folio is atop a thin piece of plastic, it has a tendency to warp as well as inadvertently "press" certain keys. It happened most frequently with the lower-left command key for us which cause all sorts of issues while trying to write.

To remedy, we have to briskly wipe our hand across the keyboard to unstick the key. Luckily the solution is that simple but it is annoying and an issue nonetheless.

iPad Pro Magic Keyboard

iPad Pro Magic Keyboard



These issues appear resolved in Apple's Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro. Launching in May, the Magic Keyboard has physical keys with a mechanical scissor-switch mechanism, a backlight, a fully articulated holder for the iPad Pro, and an additional USB-C port.

The USB-C port will be perfect because it doesn't require any additional hub to both power the iPad Pro, as well as to connect external storage or a monitor.

That leaves us in limbo until the Magic Keyboard launches, but we are very excited to test it out. Even better, it will work on the 2018 iPad Pros giving existing users an upgrade of sorts.

A true pro device has emerged



After years of incremental updates, the iPad Pro has finally started to come into itself. The hardware overhaul in 2018 was major but the software updates iPadOS 13 and iPadOS 13.4 have cemented the iPad Pro as a true workhorse.

iPad Pro

iPad Pro



Truly, the 2020 iPad Pro doesn't feel much different at all than the 2018 model. We have relied on the Measure app a few times as we are doing some renovations, but otherwise, it has been business as usual.

It is mildly faster for content exports and any extra headroom for large photo edits is appreciated. USB-C is still a favorite for us, allowing us to rely on external SSD storage, connect an external display to edit video, and connect other peripherals such as microphones.

Apple may have slowed down the pace of iPad Pro hardware refreshes. It appears that Apple does seem to have some surprises left in store for the next model, but even with that rumored refresh, software is going to be the focus going forward more than any other factor.

Should you buy the 2020 iPad Pro?



11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros

11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros



As with any other "buy or not" debate, it all hinges on the work that you do, the tools you need, and what devices you are coming from.

If just looking at the device in a bubble on its own merits, the 2020 iPad Pro is a stellar device. Apple has made strides over the years, iterating on the small aspects to perfect the user experience of the device.

The 2020 iPad Pro is more powerful than ever, more full-featured than ever, and has a mass of potential waiting to be unleashed by iPadOS 14 and the updates that follow. You just probably don't need it if you jumped on the 2018 refresh.



Pros

    • Still a great-looking tablet

    • Better graphics, albeit not by much

    • Wi-Fi 6 support

    • Both the 2018 and 2020 will support Magic Keyboard

    • iPadOS 13.4 is a great update for iPads across the board

    • Revamped Measure app is much better

    • LiDAR is a game changer, but only if you use AR

  • Ultra-wide lens is great for those who need the camera



Cons

    • Increimental update

    • Smart Keyboard Folio still has problems

    • LiDAR has no user-facing app and relies on developers to use

  • No notable speed improvements



Rating: 4 out of 5


source: appleinsider.com

The Brydge Pro+ is an all-aluminum keyboard and trackpad designed specifically for the 2018 and 2020 iPad Pros. While the hardware is in the right place, the changes in iPadOS 13.4 have left us wanting a bit more for this otherwise excellent accessory.

Brydge Pro+ and the 12.9-inch 2020 iPad Pro

Brydge Pro+ and the 12.9-inch 2020 iPad Pro


On both iPhone and iPad, Apple has a feature called AssistiveTouch. With this enabled, you could finally use a rudimentary cursor on your device using a wired mouse. It wasn't flashy and only had basic support. It was, after all, still an accessibility feature, but Brydge sprung into gear to take advantage of it.

We've looked at previous Brydge keyboards, such as the Brydge Pro for iPad Pro. It was a solid keyboard with an aluminum frame that cleverly connects to the iPad Pro when needed. Brydge Pro+ is an evolution of that, integrating a trackpad to take advantage of that new accessibility feature found on iPads.

The device crept closer to launch, before a curveball was thrown.

An iPadOS 13.4-shaped curveball



Brydge wasn't expecting this at all. Brydge announced the Pro+ months ago. We even went hands on ourselves at CES 2020 to test it out. Everything seemed set to go.

Then Apple dropped iPadOS 13.4 which had previously-unannounced support for a cursor as well as Bluetooth mice and trackpads.


Things changed then drastically for Brydge. With that simple update, Brydge Pro+ both lost features as well as gained new ones. On one hand, there are now native aspects and gestures that you can do throughout the OS with any connected mouse. But, Brydge lost its own gestures that it was hoping to debut with.

We've covered cursor support extensively so far and it is impressive how Apple added it to the touch-first interface in an intuitive way. Because of that, it makes Brydge Pro+ even more exciting of a prospect and anticipation for the new keyboard-mouse combo has skyrocketed.

A familiar design



First things first — the design of the Brydge Pro+ is very familiar. It looks like an iteration on the previous Brydge designs as well as a MacBook. It has the large mechanical keyboard sitting atop that new trackpad.

Brydge Pro+ closed

Brydge Pro+ closed


At launch, Brydge Pro+ will only be available in space grey. That seems to be the more popular color and it has done an excellent job at matching it to the color of the iPad Pro.

The hinge on the Brydge Pro+

The hinge on the Brydge Pro+


The hinges have been adjusted and they are our favorite ones from Brydge yet. They are very minimalistic and you practically don't notice them when looking at the iPad from the front. Around back there is a bit more surface area.

To keep with the iPad Pro's design, the hinges are a bit more squared off. They have the rubberized inserts that now go just around the corners which adds a small amount of drop (or bump) protection. The hinges also have a small strip of rubber that, when opened, keeps the Brydge from hitting the surface below it.

Brydge Pro+ comes with a magnetic back panel

Brydge Pro+ comes with a magnetic back panel


We've seen a lot of Brydge keyboards and this one looks and feels like the most polished one yet.

There is a faux leather back panel included in the box. Ours arrived with one designed for the 2018 iPad Pro though new orders will ship with one designed to fit the 2018 and 2020 models.

Charge Brydge Pro+ over USB-C

Charge Brydge Pro+ over USB-C


The whole thing is charged over USB-C, and a full charge should yield about three months of use. This is different than the Magic Keyboard, which connects over the Smart Connector and never needs to be charged, though it does leach some of the iPad Pro's power.

What is great about the USB-C port is that in an emergency, Brydge can be charged right from the iPad's own USB-C port.

The trackpad



With the trackpad, we have a lot to evaluate. How does it integrate into the system, does it support any form of multi-touch input, and how does the surface itself feel.

Brydge has once again done an excellent job when it comes to build quality. The trackpad is very large and spacious. It feels like the perfect width because when in a natural typing position, the trackpad comes just to where our palms are resting. Very nicely done.

Brydge Pro+ in space gray matches perfectly

Brydge Pro+ in space gray matches perfectly


The trackpad uses a common trackpad "diving board" design. What this means is that the top of the trackpad is fixed and the rest of the trackpad can be pressed down to "click."

However, we've become spoiled in recent years, seeing what Apple has done. Apple's Mac trackpads are a large surface that never actually moves. The Mac trackpad simulates a click by triggering a short vibration — or haptic feedback. This allows the entirety of the trackpad's surface to be "clickable."

Sometimes we expect to be able to press down on top of the Brydge trackpad and it doesn't move.

The new trackpad on the Brydge Pro+

The new trackpad on the Brydge Pro+


The good news is that tapping is unaffected. The entire surface can be tapped and we find tapping to be faster anyway, so we don't count it as much of a detraction.

As we use the trackpad with the iPad, there is a bit of a delay. The way that the Brydge Pro+ connects causes there to be some lag as you track the mouse around the OS.

We don't necessarily blame Brydge for this as some fault belongs to iPadOS for how it is interfacing with these Bluetooth peripherals. There's similar lag experienced with some other Bluetooth mice as well.

Moving the mouse around the iPad's display isn't the biggest issue we have, as that lies with the scrolling. You can scroll using the trackpad by moving two fingers up and down — same as with Apple's own trackpad, but it is very jarring.



It sometimes feels like the iPad isn't responding, but it clearly is as if you try to move the display with your finger, it moves just fine.

Again, the problem is clearly with iPadOS here. Sometimes if you scroll on a screen, it just keeps going, showing nothing on the display as you've scrolled far past the page's contents.

Considering mouse and cursor support is so new, a lot of these issues are going to be ironed out, but that is just the playground Brydge chose to play in when they started developing the Brydge Pro+.

Brydge Pro+ trackpad in use

Brydge Pro+ trackpad in use


Another side effect of the iPadOS 13.4 update has been gestures. Brydge no longer now supports its own multi-touch gestures with three or four fingers. You can't swipe down with three fingers to open the app switcher and you can't slide left or right with multiple fingers to move between apps.

Instead, iPadOS has replaced many of those with its own native versions. To go back to the home screen, just swipe to the bottom of the display. To open the app switcher, repeat that same motion. To open notifications, move towards the top. To the right will open Slide Over apps. It all is very easy and doesn't require multi-finger input.

You can tap with one finger, secondary click by tapping with two fingers, and if you venture into the accessibility settings you can enable whatever you'd like for a three-finger tap. For ours, we open the app switcher but you can program this to open Control Center, go to the Home screen, run any Siri Shortcut that you've created, and much more.

The keyboard



Turning to the keyboard, there is a lot going on as well.

For the layout, it is a full, standard keyboard that also has a dedicated row of function keys along the top. In the lower-left corner where we traditionally see the localization globe icon, we have a Siri button. We like this as we are more often invoking Siri rather than switching languages.

The keyboard of the Brydge Pro+

The keyboard of the Brydge Pro+


Fret not those who do use localization frequently, it is just in the row of function keys. From left to right we have the Home button, the quick lock, keyboard backlight control, iPad brightness controls, the onscreen keyboard, localization, media controls, volume, Bluetooth, and power.

This is a solid set of function keys and ones we will use frequently. We still aren't sure why Apple hasn't added a row of function keys to the Smart Keyboard Folios.

Typing feels very natural on the Brydge Pro+. The keys are tactile, easy to feel, and have a good amount of key travel. When pressed, there is a solid moment where you can feel the key is pressed, but it also feels a little soft. This isn't a bad thing necessarily because typing on the keyboard is very quiet.

If you work in a crowded space and are self-conscious about how loud you're being as to type away, Brydge is going to be great. We are thinking classes or work meetings where you'd not like to disturb everyone else as you take notes.

The entire keyboard of the Brydge Pro+

The entire keyboard of the Brydge Pro+


Brydge Pro+ has an integrated backlight to the keyboard which has varying levels of brightness that can be adjusted through the single function key. It doesn't adjust automatically but is easy enough to control. It lights up the glyph in the center of each key but it also has a lot of light bleed.

A ring of light can be seen glowing from behind each key which can be distracting. We'd prefer if the light was more contained and only light up the character or symbol within the keycap.

We tested out the 12.9-inch version of the keyboard and the keys felt nicely spaced and we didn't need any time to adjust to it coming from our desktop Apple wireless Magic Keyboard. If using the 11-inch version, it will be slightly smaller and the keys a bit tighter, so prepare for a slight adjustment if you go that route.

Should you buy the Brydge Pro+?



Brydge has put forward a very good case on why you should pick up the Brydge Pro+. The hardware feels excellent. The keyboard is pleasant to type on. The hinge is minimal and very easy to adjust at any angle. And the latest iPadOS update integrates the trackpad much further into the user experience.

The Brydge Pro+ from the front

The Brydge Pro+ from the front


At the same time though, Apple is still ironing out the kinks and third-party hardware manufacturers have to work around Apple's limitations. The mouse has just a bit of drag as it moves around and scrolling can be quite awkward.

These drawbacks aren't huge, and the device is still useable. We created this entire review on a 2020 iPad Pro using the Brydge Pro+ and loved the ability to easily get to a trackpad when trying to precisely edit text. You notice the quirks and the minor glitches, but it wasn't enough to turn us off completely.

It is just disappointing that Brydge created such a steller looking and working product yet iPad doesn't want to all the way play nice.

We are certain this will improve, but for now, there will be minor tradeoffs while using the Brydge Pro+.

Pros
    • Sleep, iPad-like design

    • Space gray color matches perfectly

    • Keyboard feels great to type on, if not maybe a little soft

    • Function keys are very useful

    • iPadOS 13.4 makes the cursor a first class citizen

    • More affordable than Magic Keyboard

    • Variable backlight

    • 180-degree hinge

  • Inlcuded back protection


Cons
    • More effort to remove than Smart Keyboard Folio or Magic Keyboard

    • Backlight has a lot of bleed around keys

    • Due to iPadOS, scrolling can be jumpy and awkward

    • Also due to iPadOS, the cursor isn't as smooth as Apple's Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad

    • Still a premium price

  • Only space gray color available (at launch)


Rating: 3 out of 5



Where to buy



The Brydge Pro+ keyboard and trackpad will start shipping at the beginning of April and starts at $199 for the 11-inch version, while the 12.9-inch version goes up to $229.
source: appleinsider.com

Luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton has partnered with premium audio company Master & Dynamic for the second time in creating the epic Horizon true wireless earbuds. While the high price tag keeps them out of reach for the masses, they are no doubt a stunning piece of tech.



The Louis Vuitton Horizont true wireless earbuds may look familiar. That's because they are a branded, customised, and improved version of the recent Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus earbuds. When it comes to all-important audio quality, the MW07 Plus is going to perform the same. The main features of the headphones remain the same as well.
Everything else —from the packaging, to the charging case, to the exterior appearance —has all changed. Let's see what the Louis Vuitton brand brings to set these excellent headphones apart.
Premium is all about the experience


As a luxury brand, Louis Vuitton is all about the user's experience. From opening the box, to handling the product, to actually using the headphones themselves.
When the headphones arrive, it is the gold-standard of an unboxing experience —literally. The box is wrapped in a gold linen paper and closes magnetically with the Louis Vuitton logo emblazoned on the top.


Once opened, the headphones inside their carrying case reside to the left and a small blue pull-ribbon is on the right. Pulling the ribbon reveals two canvas Louis Vuitton bags. One bag holds all the replacement silicone ear tips and the other a USB-C cable and USB adapter.


The cable is a nylon-wrapped cable with the "LV" wordmark printed on each of the metal overmolds. It has an integrated leather cable wrap to keep it organised when not in use. The cable is a USB-C to USB-C cable, and a metal USB-C to USB-A adapter is included for anyone who has legacy ports still around and requires that Type-A connector.


Before getting to the headphones, also in the box is a getting started manual, and a linen envelope with a Louis Vuitton-branded polishing cloth.
Louis Vuitton Horizon

Then we have the headphones themselves. These headphones are just stunning. The earbuds are nestled inside a glass and steel case. That case is a polished space black colour. The bottom is ceramic and has a Louis Vuitton logo and Mongram flower pattern on the underside. On top of the case is a clear sapphire glass window that highlights the headphones inside and has a ring of Monogram flowers around the edge.

It feels solid, looks gorgeous, and is a step up from the masses of plastic charging cases out there.


That case gets slipped into its own case, crafted from supple leather that is ever so soft on the inside as to not cause any abrasions to the stainless steel case. It has a contrasting leather pull for a zipper that seals it shut.


Each of the individual earbuds has a polished acetate body with "Vuitton" etched into the side with a stainless steel "LV" circle embedded.
Audio quality


As we mentioned, these are a modified version of the newest MW07 Plus true wireless headphones. That means they carry many of the same properties we highlighted in that standalone review.

The headphones have custom 10mm beryllium drivers, four embedded microphones, single-earpiece use with the left or right headphones, proximity sensors for auto-play and auto-pause, IPX5 water resistance, and Bluetooth 5 connectivity.
Here is an excerpt from our MW07 Plus review when it comes to audio quality.


"One of our favorite songs to test with is Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." It is such an eclectic song with guitar solos, heavy bass hits, high pitched operatic sections, and more. It does a great job pushing the headphones to the limits and shows their strengths.
A high point for the MW07 Plus is again right before the tempo increase during one of many guitar solos. The subsequent operatic section also was a pleasure to listen to. With so much going on, weaker headphones often bury the details in a busy song like this.
In some of my earlier testing songs, I started to feel a bit underwhelmed when it came to the bass output but that changes as I went into Joe Cocker's "Come Together." The bass was prominent, but still had the definition of expect out of higher-end headphones. Even some high-end headphones that tend to lean towards the bass-heavy side can often lose definition in the bass on this song as they just try to push more out."

How they differ from the MW07 Plus
Louis Vuitton upgraded several different components in bringing the cobranded model to market. First, it's designed their own acetate exteriors to highlight its brand and colors. It designed the additional leather carrying case to protect its custom steel battery case. And, most exciting, integrated wireless charging.
Master & Dynamic has its own steel carrying cases that look great, but it is hard to beat the ceramic, steel, and sapphire makeup of the Louis Vuitton model. That ceramic bottom is what enables the wireless charging as making the entire case steel would hamper the transmission of power.


Wireless charging has become the norm was other wireless earbuds including AirPods, AirPods Pro, and Galaxy Buds+. It is nice to see it come to the Horizon earbuds too.
The charing cable in the box is the same as what is included with the normal MW07 Plus headphones, though it does gain the Louis Vuitton branding and the leather cable management piece.
Otherwise, these are the same MW07 Plus headphones we've come to love. Great sound quality, excellent build, all propelled above and beyond with the premium Louis Vuitton touches.
Should you buy the Louis Vuitton Horizon earbuds?


We probably don't have to spell this out for you. On one hand, these are some of the absolute best wireless earbuds on the market. It takes the exceptional MW07 Plus, adds a better stainless steel and ceramic case, bakes in wireless charging, and has the additional leather case. On the other, they are clearly more of a luxury product and just because they are better doesn't all a sudden bring them within reach of your average consumer.

These headphones are a shining example of a luxury brand doing it right by not just slapping a logo on and instead, doing some serious upgrades to what was already one of our favourite sets of earbuds.
We can't —and won't —recommend you go out and pick up a set, but if you are in the market for a set of luxury headphones then we think you probably found the set you're looking for.


Pros
* Fantastic unboxing experience
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* Incredible amount of detail in everything, including the accessories
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* Sleek charging case with wireless charging
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* Leather protective case
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* Improvement over the amazing MW07 Plus


Cons
* The expected luxury price tag
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* No real noise cancelling


Rating: 4.5 out of 5
This rating is based on presentation and performance alone. We're just not sure that the cost to benefit equation is there overall.


Where to buy
The luxurious Louis Vuitton Horizon headphones come in four different colourways —the black displayed here, as well as red, white, yellow, and pink.
Each will set you back $1,120 dollars direct from Louis Vuitton's website.
Those that may see it as a bit out of their price range but still want their own Master & Dynamic version can pick up the MW07+ for $299.

source: appleinsider.com

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On Friday, Apple announced the launch of its new COVID-19 website and app. Both provide coronavirus resources as well as a screening tool to help people figure out what to do to minimise the spread of the virus. Both are now live, online and in the App Store, respectively.

“The COVID-19 app and website allow users to answer a series of questions around risk factors, recent exposure and symptoms for themselves or a loved one,” explains Apple in a statement. “In turn, they will receive CDC recommendations on next steps, including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, whether or not a test is recommended at this time, and when to contact a medical provider.”

Users can also know ask Siri, “How do I know if I have coronavirus?” Upon being asked, Apple’s virtual assistant will provide users with resources from the CDC as well as a curated collection of Telehealth apps from the App Store.

 
A screenshot from Apple's coronavirus resource app.
Image: Apple

According to Apple, the site and mobile app were created in partnership with the CDC, the Coronavirus Task Force, and FEMA in order to “make it easy for people across the country to get trusted information and guidance at a time when the US is feeling the heavy burden of COVID-19.”
The basic information on Apple’s site and its app is very similar to the coronavirus resource created by Google that launched earlier this week. However, Apple also offers an interactive screening tool.
It asks users a series of questions concerning any coronavirus-related symptoms they or their loved ones may be experiencing, a simple health history, where they live or work, if they’ve been in contact with anyone who has tested positive, and more. Using the answers, Apple’s tool helps users determine whether they should self-isolate or seek medical help.
The company says all the user data provided in the screening tool is private and secure. Neither the website or the app require a signup or login.
Apple reminds users that these tools are meant to be a quick resource for individuals and are not meant to replace advice from healthcare professionals or state and local health officials.

source: mashable.com