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Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AAPL) Home Key support may soon be integrated into Level Home smart locks, according to a tweet by Bloomberg columnist Mark Gurman.
What Happened: Apple included Home Key to iOS 15 so that smart locks makers could incorporate their products into the Wallet app, enabling customers to open doors by just tapping their iPhone against the lock.
Bloomberg columnist Mark Gurman tweeted that the “new Level with HomeKey has already landed in Apple Store stock rooms.”
Gurman also mentioned how much it would cost and said it should be “available in stores on Friday.”
It’s called the Level Lock+ and will cost $329 - versus $249 for the standard version. Should be available in stores on Friday.
Gurman’s tweet came in response to a report in 9to5Mac that said Level Home had denied having any plan to integrate their locks with Apple Home Key.
The 9to5Mac report cited a Reddit user who had apparently contacted Level Home — a retailer of smart home products — and wanted to know when they would announce Apple Home Key support for their smart locks.
Apple and Level Home did not immediately respond to Benzinga’s request for comment.
The 9to5Mac report, however, carried a statement from Level Home, which said that “home key support is certainly not off the table for Level.”
Thu, 13 Oct 2022 03:38:00 -0500en-UStext/htmlhttps://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/shopping/apple-home-keys-integration-with-level-home-smart-locks-certainly-not-off-the-table/ar-AA12VqQwKillexams : Apple Freezes Plan to Buy Memory Chips From China's YMTC After US Imposes Export Controls
Apple has frozen plans to use chips from one of China's top memory chipmakers after tighter U.S. export controls were imposed on the Chinese tech sector, reports Nikkei Asia.
According to the report, Apple intended to buy 128-layer 3D NAND flash memory chips from Yangtze Memory Technologies (YMTC) for use in iPhones sold in the Chinese market as early as this year, with the possibility of eventually purchasing up to 40% of the chips needed for all iPhones.
Apple had already completed the months-long process to certify the memory before Washington earlier this month added YMTC and 30 other Chinese entities to an "Unverified" list of companies that U.S. officials have been unable to inspect. U.S. companies are prohibited from sharing any design, technologies, documents or specifications to companies on the Unverified List without a license.
The tighter controls have increased tensions with Beijing, since companies who cannot provide the necessary information within 60 days could be added to the official U.S. export control blacklist. YMTC is also being investigated by the U.S. Commerce Department over whether it violated Washington's export controls by selling chips to Huawei, which is already blacklisted.
The export controls on China imposed by the Biden administration are an effort to slow the country's technological and military advances by cutting off Beijing's supplies off from certain semiconductor chips made anywhere in the world with U.S. equipment. Apple and YMTC did not respond to Nikkei's requests for comment.
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Sun, 16 Oct 2022 20:54:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://www.macrumors.com/2022/10/17/apple-freezes-plan-buy-chips-ymtc/Killexams : Microsoft (MSFT) Brings Apple iCloud Integration to WindowsNo result found, try new keyword!Microsoft MSFT recently announced new Apple AAPL integrations in Windows 11 at its annual Surface event. Through a new integration with Apple's iCloud and the Photos app in Microsoft's Windows 11, ...Thu, 13 Oct 2022 03:40:00 -0500text/htmlhttps://www.nasdaq.com/articles/microsoft-msft-brings-apple-icloud-integration-to-windowsKillexams : Apple Music review: Better value than Spotify
Apple Music: Specifications
Starting price (p/m): $9.99
Student price (p/m): $5.99
Family price (p/m): $14.99 (up to 6 accounts)
Annual price: $99
Library: 100 million tracks
Type: Web browser and mobile app
Format: 16-bit/44.1kHz to 24-bit/192kHz ALAC
Apple Music is a subscription service that's currently rivaling Spotify in the competitive world of the best music streaming services. Just recently it reached 100 million songs in its library with over 20,000 added every day(opens in new tab), plus there's a dedicated Podcasts service(opens in new tab). This level of content is far greater than Spotify's 80 million track library (or any other streaming service for that matter).
Really, though, it is lossless and spatial audio that makes Apple Music so attractive. Not only does this make it the better choice for listeners who want access to the best audio quality available, but given it's no more expensive than a Spotify Premium subscription, it is also better value for those willing to pay.
If you're a new subscriber to Apple Music, you automatically get a one-month trial at no charge. For all the latest trial subscription offers check out our guide to how to get Apple Music for free(opens in new tab).
As with all streaming services, Apple Music offers tailored subscription plans to its service, which are available through the music platform's homepage(opens in new tab).
Unlike Spotify(opens in new tab) and Tidal(opens in new tab), Apple Music doesn't offer a free tier. The most affordable monthly option is the recently introduced Apple Music voice plan at $4.99/£4.99 per month, but this only allows you to play music through Siri(opens in new tab).
Apple Music's student plan(opens in new tab) also costs $5.99/£4.99 monthly, (Apple increased the price for its student plan by $1(opens in new tab) in May 2022) while the standard music plans cost $9.99/£9.99 for individuals and $14.99/£14.99 for families and up to 6 accounts, which is slightly more affordable than Spotify's similar plan priced at $15.99.
The Apple One plan combines Apple Music, Apple Arcade, iCloud+, and Apple TV+ for $14.95/£14.95 per month.
There is a $99 annual plan for committed subscribers, but signing up to it can be a bit of an arcane process — you first need to sign up to a monthly plan, then switch to annual billing in the app or through your Apple device's account settings. You can find full instructions for this on the Apple support site(opens in new tab).
Apple Music review: Availability
Thanks to its seamless integration with Apple iOS (via an iPhone or iPad), or OSX platform users (via MacBook or Mac desktops), Apple Music is the go-to music streaming service for Apple fans. It has worked on widening its availability in accurate years and no longer requires users to install iTunes. As with the app, you can now listen in a browser, access playlists and play “Made for you” content.
Apple Music can be used through impressive breadth of supportive devices, from the Apple HomePod(opens in new tab) and HomePod mini(opens in new tab) to the Apple TV 4K(opens in new tab) and Apple Watch(opens in new tab), and has an automotive solution called Apple CarPlay(opens in new tab).
Support for third-party components other than Sonos and Roku(opens in new tab) is limited, but the music app does extend to Android mobile users. If you're a Windows user though, you will need to get iTunes to get access to its extensive library of content.
Apple Music review: Features
Apple Music content can be streamed or downloaded to a device to play offline, and there are also song and genre-based radio stations and curated playlists. Plus, Apple Music integrates with your existing iCloud(opens in new tab) music library, so you can combine Apple Music songs with tracks that you've previously purchased on iTunes and listen to them in one unified location.
When it comes to user-curated playlists, Apple offers personalized playlists and radio stations based around your listening habits or a theme. It will also recommend songs and artists you haven’t listened to yet based on your previous listening. I particularly like the Made For You content and the selections that are made for my own 'radio' station.
Apple Music lets you share playlists with other registered users over AirDrop, or create content links to post wherever you want, but its social media integration is more basic than Spotify. SharePlay offers a big extension to Apple FaceTime's feature set, and allows a shared queue of upcoming songs that's accessible to everyone on the FaceTime call. And just as anyone can control playback, anyone can add songs to queue as well.
The headline feature, though, is Apple Music's streaming quality. Last year it upgraded all its music content to lossless ALAC files in resolutions ranging from 16-bit/44.1kHz (CD-quality) to 24-bit/192kHz (hi-res audio quality) for no extra charge. Thousands of tracks are also now mastered for Dolby Atmos, which is compatible with Apple's 3D surround format spatial audio available on its AirPods Pro 2 and AirPods Max headphones.
Apple Music review: Sound quality
The Apple Music mobile app sounds consistently excellent, with a natural sounding balance across every genre of music. It's my go-to music provider for reviewing headphones on the move, and it sounds pretty great through the various Sonos components dotted around my home.
You may think that all music streaming services sound the same. They don't, of course, but the differences can be remarkably subtle. Generally speaking, any differences come down to the file format being supported by providers and the streaming data rates used. These have a direct effect on the levels of detail that can be heard in tracks, and most listeners should be able to tell a compressed music file from Spotify, say, over a CD-quality one streamed via Apple Music. You don’t need to be an audiophile with golden ears or have spent a fortune on pair of headphones to hear the benefits streaming music in lossless audio can bring. You just have to listen.
Although many will be listening wirelessly via Bluetooth, perhaps with one of the best wireless earbuds(opens in new tab) or the best wireless headphones(opens in new tab), if you're in pursuit of the best quality listening experience it's important to ensure that the audio quality from your playback devices is being streamed at the highest resolution possible to begin with. Spotify streams at around a third of the data rate so you'll appreciate that with Apple Music you're getting the best quality audio before the Bluetooth codec squeezes it over bandwidth limited wireless tech to your earbuds or headphones.
You could perhaps also call it a negative that Apple Music lossless content cannot be experienced in full resolution through wireless headphones or speakers due to the bandwidth limitations of Bluetooth connectivity, including its own AirPods models. Although, this could soon change.
Apple Music review: Verdict
Apple Music has made big strides over the past year to the high quality service it is today. It has advanced its music streaming offering through strong curated content, lossless and hi-res audio support, and spatial audio. It's app is clean and easy to navigate and only the limited support outside of Apple's eco system count against it. It's the main alternative to Spotify Premium and ultimately the best value option for Apple-loving music fans.
Thu, 06 Oct 2022 20:28:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/apple-music-reviewKillexams : Should you buy the Apple Watch Series 7?
The Apple Watch Series 8 was only released last month, but it has already been discounted to $349 by Walmart(opens in new tab). So is it still worth buying the older Apple Watch Series 7? That really depends on what price you see attached to the model — and what you want from your fitness tracker.
You can still get all of Apple’s excellent health-tracking features (like an ECG sensor, blood oxygen monitoring and sleep tracking) in the older Series 7 model. Plus you’ll have access to the same apps and be able to take advantage of the standard smartwatch features, like Apple Pay and on-wrist notifications.
The Apple Watch Series 8 offers a series of refinements over the older model, rather than being a complete redesign. It packs in a handful of helpful new features: in-built crash detection, a skin-temperature sensor and some new activity-tracking modes. Other than these new additions, the watch is broadly the same.
At the moment, the older Series 7 watch is retailing for $309 on Amazon. As the Series 8 is currently discounted to $349, there’s a $40 difference between the different models. Is it worth shelling out an extra $40 for the latest design? That’s up to you; the in-built temperature sensor in the Apple Watch Series 8 does mean that you can do things like accurately track your ovulation and menstrual cycle. But maybe that’s not a feature you wouldn't use much.
The lowest-ever price we’ve seen attached to the Apple Watch Series 7 is $269. If it falls to this price again, we’d recommend snapping it up, as it’s still one of the best fitness trackers(opens in new tab) we’ve ever tried. However, if you really want to buy a budget-price Apple Watch, you might want to consider the basic Apple Watch SE model. This doesn’t have the ECG sensor or blood-oxygen monitoring, but it can still accurately measure your heart rate and provide plenty of smartwatch features.
Want a more in-depth look at all the features available in the Apple Watch 7? Here’s everything you need to know before you make your purchase.
How much is the Apple Watch Series 7?
The Apple Watch Series 7, as with its newer sibling, arrived at a starting price of $266.77 for the “Sport” configuration. This offers a 41mm aluminum case, with a fluoroelastomer strap.
Now that it’s not available from Apple, we’ve seen it available for around $399 at the likes of Best Buy, but would expect it to get further discounts ahead of the holiday season.
It’s worth noting that there are multiple variants of Apple Watch Series 7, with another case size (45mm) and the option to swap the aluminum casing for Stainless Steel or Titanium. As you’d imagine, this increases the price somewhat. The Stainless Steel option, for example, still retails in some stores at the full price of $749.
Some versions also offer a cellular connection (data plan required). This means you can buy them through cell carriers at an additional cost to your monthly data plan.
When did the Apple Watch Series 7 come out?
The Apple Watch Series 7 was revealed on September 14, 2021, and launched on October 15 of the same year. Its successor, the Apple Watch Series 8(opens in new tab), was released on September 16, 2022.
What features does the Apple Watch Series 7 have?
Unlike fitness trackers from the likes of Fitbit, Apple Watch Series 7 has a deep integration with the iPhone’s iOS operating system. This means that an iPhone is all but compulsory to get the best out of the Apple Watch.
While the Apple Watch Series 7 was initially predicted to offer a revamp to the product line’s overall design, it essentially offers a similar experience to the Series 6 but with a display cascading over the edges. This, combined with a refreshed watchOS interface, makes it easier to use than prior models, with larger, easier-to-read elements like on-screen buttons and a touchscreen QWERTY keyboard. Put simply, it’s a larger display in an almost identical footprint.
In terms of sensors, the Apple Watch Series 7 offers a blood oxygen sensor, ECG function for atrial fibrillation, and an improved heart sensor over its predecessors.
The Series 8, on the other hand, adds a series of additional sensors while maintaining the same form factor. It offers Crash Detection for drivers and can now also track body temperature, with a focus on ovulation and fertility tracking.
Should I buy the Apple Watch Series 7?
Unless the Crash Detection and fertility tracking are important features for you, it’s hard to recommend the Series 8 over the Series 7 – particularly if found at a discount.
Even the Apple Watch Series 8’s S8 chip, essentially the “brain” of the device, is a rebranded version of prior chips dating back to the Series 6. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – the Apple Watch has led the wearables market for power and capability for years now – but it does perhaps show that the company is struggling to innovate further.
Even the $799 Apple Watch Ultra, designed for intense exploration and rugged conditions, comes with the S8 chip, meaning it’s no more powerful than the Series 7 or even Series 6 – although it does offer a larger, brighter display, better battery life, and more.
With the Apple Watch Series 7 likely to see discounts in the coming weeks, though, it’s hard not to recommend. As a smart watch, it stands toe-to-toe with the Series 8 in almost every way, and you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference even if you had one on each wrist.
Tue, 11 Oct 2022 20:56:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://www.livescience.com/should-you-buy-the-apple-watch-series-7Killexams : Apple Watch Ultra review: An adventurous expansion
The first major deviation from Apple's go-to formula, the Apple Watch Ultra is a great compromise for anyone who wants something rugged on their wrist but is wholly committed to the iOS ecosystem. The durable build, upgraded battery life, handful of advanced tracking sensors, and safety features make this the first Apple Watch to tempt everyone from triathlon competitors to backcountry campers. It won't replace dedicated dive watches and isn't quite feature-packed enough for extreme outdoor adventurers, but it's a phenomenal start down that path.
The Apple Watch Ultra treads new waters. With an enormous display and a rugged build, as a smartwatch and a fitness companion, it’s remarkable. As a dedicated adventure watch, it still has some ground to make up. Find out more in our Apple Watch Ultra review.
About this Apple Watch Ultra review: I tested the Apple Watch Ultra over a period of seven days. It was running watchOS 9.0.1. It was connected to an iPhone 11 Pro Max throughout the testing period. The unit was purchased by Android Authority for this review.
What you need to know about the Apple Watch Ultra
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Apple Watch Ultra: $799 / £849 / €999
The Apple Watch Ultra represents the company’s first real foray into the adventure market. With an oversized, titanium build, a beefed-up Digital Crown, a 49mm flat sapphire glass lens, and a fluorescent orange Action button, this is Apple’s biggest departure from the sleek design users have come to know. However, where the watch perhaps wanes in elegance, it absolutely gains in display and durability. Built to last in more ways than one, the watch also delivers an estimated 36 hours of juice per charge, with a Low Power mode that will eke out an additional 24 hours.
To tempt athletes and outdoor enthusiasts, the single-size device packs all the best of Apple’s ecosystem. Under the very durable exterior lives an electrocardiogram (ECG), blood oxygen (SpO2) monitor, heart rate sensor, fall and Crash Detection capabilities, and a temperature sensor for detailed period cycle and sleep tracking. If you find yourself in a jam on the trail, the Ultra also houses a dual speaker that can broadcast an alert siren that can be heard up to 180 meters away. Meanwhile, the new dual-band GPS aims to keep you from getting lost in the first place.
Where the Apple Watch Ultra wanes in elegance, it absolutely gains in the display and overall durability.
Other Apple Watch Ultra highlights include Precision Start for pinpoint fitness tracking, added data fields during workouts, and a new Wayfinder watch face that capitalizes on the wearable’s big and beautiful display. The Ultra is also water-resistant at depths of up to 100 meters, and a new dedicated diving app even displays the water temperature and users’ underwater time. Back on land, the Ultra offers Compass Backtrack functionality so hikers can find their way back to personalized waypoints.
Of course, all of these features come at a cost. Pricing for Apple’s premium device starts at a princely $799. LTE cellular data support is baked in as standard, but that’s still a difference of $300 compared to the base LTE-enabled model for Apple’s regular flagship timepiece, the Apple Watch Series 8. If you choose to add a data plan to the watch, you will need to pay your provider an additional cost. However, you can also opt-out and use the device without cellular data.
Available Watch Ultra bands include the Alpine Loop in orange, green, or Starlight, the Ocean Loop in Midnight, white or yellow, and the Trail Loop in yellow/beige, blue/gray, or black/gray. While the Ocean Loop comes in a one-size-fits-all offering, the Trail Loop comes in small/medium or medium/large. The Alpine loop is available in small, medium, or large. You can grab an Apple Watch Ultra from Apple Stores and other major retailers.
Design: Oversized for bigger adventures
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Unboxing the Apple Watch Ultra is like opening a king-size Reese’s cup, complete with an orange wrapper for the model I tested. I love chocolate and peanut butter, and yet there is an immediate concern that I may have too much of a good thing. But while I sometimes regret excessive candy, the excessiveness of this device absolutely works.
For starters, nothing about the watch earns the Ultra moniker more than its sheer size and build quality. The titanium case comes in just one size and lands at a whopping 49mm — 4mm larger than the biggest Watch Series 8 model and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. It’s also more durable than ever, boasting an IP6X dust resistance rating and MIL-STD 810H certification. For underwater use, it’s EN13319 certified for diving and has increased water resistance to WR100 (water pressure up to 100 meters/333 feet). In other words, it’s built to last. The case sides also form a lip around the face, further protecting the flat sapphire crystal covering the display. Throughout my testing, I wore the watch while biking, bouldering, diving, and on multiple hikes and runs. I also wore it while working on my roof, chopping down palm leaves, and installing a new toilet. At no point did it dent, scratch, or show any sign at all of wear or tear.
The Apple Watch Ultra earns its name with a substantial bump in size, durability, and brightness.
I also wore the watch to bed every single night, and it never felt too heavy or cumbersome. In fact, after my initial first impression (and trepidation), the size really grew on me. The bigger, brighter display offers ample room for data-heavy watch faces, and reading text is a dream. The brightest Apple Watch yet, the Ultra’s always-on display also delivers 2,000 nits at its max setting. That’s twice as high as every other Apple Watch and the difference shows. When you want to tone it down, you can simply spin the Digital Crown to activate Night Mode for low light settings.
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Speaking of the Digital Crown, it too received a glow-up. Considerably larger, it now shares a guard with the familiar old side button. This button is also raised from the case for easier use with gloves. These are welcome design tweaks, but the real star is an all-new Action button. Found on the opposite side of the device, the Ultra’s added button can be programmed to perform specific actions such as adding a Waypoint or beginning a workout. A long press opens emergency features including Siren, Compass Backtrack, and Emergency Call.
The new Action button broadens the Ultra's usability and offers plenty of potential to third-party developers.
The Action button is large for ease of use, but it doesn’t have a guard around it. More than once, I was unpleasantly surprised to find I pressed it accidentally. It’s also painted orange, so if construction zone chic isn’t your vibe, you’ll want to play down the button’s impact (as in, don’t pair it with the orange Alpine loop as pictured in this review). That said, it’s a handy addition to the user experience. For the first week of this review, I set mine to automatically start a running workout. Eventually, I changed it to launch the waypoint screen as I moved to test the Ultra on more hikes. It’s highly customizable, and as third-party apps add support for the button, it will only become increasingly useful.
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So far, I’ve only gotten my hands on the Alpine Loop, which Apple sells in orange, green, and Starlight. Like the device in general, my initial take on this strap was that it wasn’t for me. It seems to scream “hardcore adventurer” and I don’t typically advertise my hiking interest (I like people to be surprised to see me at the top of a mountain). Once again, though, I underestimated it, and by the end of my testing period, I forgot I didn’t originally like this pick. The Alpine band is comfortable, reliable, and very easy to size adequately with its intricate loop system. The band also doesn’t feel soggy or weighed down after a dip in the ocean or a round of dirty dishes.
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Underneath the exterior upgrades, the Apple Watch Ultra features a few more key upgrades including an Apple S8 chipset and a new body temperature sensor. Addressing the chipset first; the device is snappy and runs apps smoothly without any lag. In general, it offers the same steadfast user experience as the Series 7, which isn’t surprising considering it’s based on the same 7nm process and has the same core architecture as the S7 system-in-package (SiP). Meanwhile, the temperature sensor is an exciting addition. It allows for more detailed cycle tracking and sleep tracking, while also opening the door to more health-tracking possibilities in the future. We’ll get more into that in the next section.
Finally, an Apple Watch that will last more than a day on a single charge.
Of course, both the temperature sensor and the S8 SiP are also available on the Apple Watch Series 8. What really sets the Ultra apart is a more than 75% larger battery. Apple claims the Ultra provides 36 hours of regular use between charges. I consistently found that I easily exceeded Apple’s estimates, getting more than 40 hours from each charge. That included daily GPS workouts and multiple nights of sleep tracking. To stretch battery life, the Watch Ultra also offers a Low Power mode that should get users about 15 hours of GPS use. In this mode, I found a one-hour workout only used about 5% of the battery, again suggesting that Apple’s claims are conservative.
When you do empty the tank, the Ultra also taps into Apple’s fast-charging technology. According to the company, it charges from zero to 80% in about an hour and will reach a full charge in just 30 minutes more. I found these estimates slightly generous, with the reality being about 10 minutes longer — just slightly longer than the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.
Health and fitness tracking: Fit for the fittest
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A number of useful new health and fitness additions on the Apple Watch Ultra aren’t unique to this device. watchOS 9 brought advanced training tools to all eligible devices, including heart rate zones, running power, and multisport support for triathletes, plus more detailed sleep tracking, improved heart rate variability data, and a lot more — you can read all about them right here. Paired with ever-improving sensors and algorithms, all of these additions elevate Apple’s lineup, especially for athletes.
That said, a few features are only available on this premium model, and the first of those is Depth, a new dive app that takes advantage of the Ultra’s water resistance. The Depth app automatically starts when you submerge your Apple Watch Ultra in water, be it a lake, ocean, bathtub, or otherwise. Once below the surface, the screen displays your current time and depth, your maximum depth, the water temperature, and the amount of time you’ve been underwater. It also initiates Water Lock, which disables any accidental touch inputs while submerged.
While screen taps won’t register, the display itself is plenty visible underwater. The images above show two dives with contrasting conditions. The left image represents a dive with crystal-clear visibility and shows a bright, legible screen. The right image shows murkier conditions during which fish just a meter away were obscured. However, the Depth app still shines bright and legible.
Overall the Depth app is fun for introductory stats, but very simplistic and best suited for snorkeling and recreational swims rather than scuba diving. Apple is poised to add Oceanic Plus this fall to bring more complexity to its dive data, but the app has not yet been released. While I can’t fully weigh in on Oceanic Plus or the Watch Ultra’s long-term credentials as a bonafide dive computer substitute without testing it, the lack of air tank integration in particular isn’t a promising sign. As it stands, it’s likely the Ultra will be sufficient for beginners but not serious divers.
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For those without sea legs, the Ultra has a lot to offer land dwellers as well. As mentioned, the native Workout app now opens to a thoroughly revamped experience with the added ability to customize sessions. Users can also view additional data pages for more mid-workout insights. In short, Apple is moving in on Garmin‘s wheelhouse. Thanks to watchOS 9, runners can now access stats for Vertical Oscillation, Stride Length, and Ground Contact Time as well as Running Power. Perhaps most importantly, Apple finally added triathlon support with a multisport mode for auto-switching between exercise types.
However, as software updates, all of these fitness features are also found on the Series 8, so why do you need the Ultra? First, in addition to the Ultra’s extended battery life, these updates are necessities for an Apple Watch to make sense to serious athletes. You can’t exactly market to distance runners without detailed training metrics, and you certainly won’t win anyone from Garmin’s camp with a meager 18 hours of use per charge. The Ultra is an impressive attempt to address both of Apple’s past shortcomings. Additionally, the Ultra’s considerable display allows you to view more metrics at a time so you can train more effectively.
To further sway the active crowd, the Ultra also offers Precision Start. Buried in the settings menu, this feature lets you open a workout without beginning it immediately. Instead of a three, two, one countdown, the workout opens to a stagnant workout screen with a GPS status icon. Once your heart rate and GPS signal lock on, you can start the workout with the Action button or by swiping right and tapping start.
If you are a casual runner, you likely won’t be terribly impressed by Precision Start, but for performance athletes, accuracy is everything. The ability to verify that heart rate and GPS are recording before beginning a run or ride is a great addition, especially considering both of those two metrics are very reliable on this device.
The Apple Watch Ultra's GPS tracking outshines its competitors.
Heart rate data on the Apple Watch Ultra is very accurate. Aside from the inconsistencies we ran into when reviewing the Series 7, Apple Watches have proven very reliable at recording both resting and active heart rate data. The Apple Watch Ultra is no exception. Throughout the review, I compared the device to my Polar H10 chest strap, and the watch consistently performed exceptionally. This included interval workouts where the Ultra matched the chest strap’s peaks and valleys perfectly.
On to GPS, the Ultra offers precision multiband location tracking, utilizing both L1 and L5 frequencies. For context, a number of dedicated GPS watches, including the Garmin Fenix 7, offer L1 and L5 frequencies and are well renowned for their accuracy. Multiband GPS tracking ensures greater data accuracy in settings like city streets lined with tall buildings or trail runs with significant tree coverage. In both such scenarios, the Apple Watch Ultra outperformed comparable devices during my tests. In the image above, for example, you can see how the Ultra nailed my route, tracing the existing sidewalk almost perfectly. The Garmin Fenix 7, on the other hand, shows me seemingly dodging traffic with a few inaccurate dips into the road.
I also took the Apple Watch Ultra hiking in densely forested areas. The watch locked on consistently and accurately recorded my routes. The second GPS image above shows an out-and-back hike I completed specifically to test the Ultra’s backtracking feature. The route recorded by my Apple Watch follows the actual trail relatively well, but the real kicker is how both devices tracked my behavior at the trail’s turnaround. While I did wander around a bit taking photos, I absolutely did not walk the path of a small child’s scribbling as the Fenix 7 recorded.
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On that note, one feature directed at adventuring Apple users is the updated compass app and all its accompaniments. Most notably, these include the option to add personal waypoints plus a moderately useful Backtrack feature. I say moderately useful because the feature doesn’t include an onscreen map or turn-by-turn navigation. Instead, you’ll have to Lewis and Clark your way home with a compass and breadcrumb trail. You can either use the overly simple trail (pictured above) to navigate back the way you came or tap one of your waypoints to determine its compass heading.
If you a) are a nerd for navigation or b) thoroughly enjoy labeling, then setting waypoints is likely up your alley. Apple allows users to assign each waypoint a title, color, and simple icon. Since these waypoints carry over from one hike session to the next, accuracy is key. I highly suggest you spend a considerable amount of time fussing over whether beach access should have a fish or a sailboat icon to the very real frustration of your indifferent hiking partner.
The Apple Watch Ultra is kitted out for hobbyists, but dedicated hikers and divers may want to wait to see if updates elevate the experience before purchasing.
Waypoints are fun and Backtrack is great in a pinch, but this is an area where the Ultra seems to be setting the stage rather than debuting a final performance. Compared to the navigational tools found on devices from the likes of Garmin or Coros, this isn’t a fully-fledged hiking companion. Here’s hoping Apple will add hiking basics like offline topographical mapping, turn-by-turn navigation, and other common features in the future. Considering the updated compass is also available on the Series 8 and the increased screen real estate Apple has to work with, I’d like to see a lot more Ultra-worthy hiking features elevate this device through software updates.
The Ultra and Series 8 also share a new temperature sensor for more advanced sleep tracking and deeper insights into cycle tracking. Both watches measure your wrist temperatures throughout the night. In the morning, Apple presents your results in the Health app as an average from your baseline temperature. This data can be used to garner insight into your overall health. Additionally, Apple uses wrist temperature data in its cycle tracking to estimate the date ovulation most likely occurred. It does so by detecting an individual’s biphasic shift, a temperature increase that typically occurs after ovulation. While these predictions are only retroactive for now, it’s likely Apple will continue to expand its cycle tracking suite.
Apple diving into temperature data on behalf of those who menstruate is a big win. While the Fitbit Sense,Fitbit Sense 2, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series all pack temperature sensors, none of these devices do anything with the data in terms of cycle tracking at the time of this writing.
Smartwatch features: Clarity where it counts
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As a smartwatch for everyday use, the Apple Watch Ultra absolutely delivers. Everything that Apple already does well — seamless iPhone and Apple ecosystem integration, third-party app support, Siri, NFC digital payment support, and more — is all here. On an even bigger and brighter screen, daily use is straight-up enjoyable. Texts, notifications, and menus are substantially easier to navigate and even photos are easy to review. If anything, I found myself wishing I could do even more smartphone-like tasks on my wrist via the large touchscreen.
In addition to its increased screen size, the Apple Watch Ultra also features a three-microphone combination for better voice call quality and a second speaker that improves the volume of phone calls and Siri responses. This means if you like to take calls from your wrist, that communication is now clearer than ever, even out in the elements.
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That same additional speaker helps the Ultra emit an 86-decibel siren in case of emergency. If you aren’t sure how loud 86 decibels is, the answer is very loud. Especially if you decide to test it in a grocery store so your partner knows to find you in the produce section, as I did. It’s also quite an irritating noise that starts as a distress pattern and then switches to an SOS pattern. Once activated, it will play until it’s manually stopped or the watch dies.
In addition to indoor settings, I tried out the siren on a few hikes and the unnatural pitch definitely stands out. According to Apple, it can be heard up to 180 meters away. It’s easy to imagine how it would help others locate you in an emergency. However, on one hike overlooking the ocean, the siren didn’t cut through the sound of nearby crashing waves as much as I would have expected. As earsplitting as it sounds indoors, I actually think it could benefit from being even louder for outdoor activities.
The siren also isn’t the Ultra’s only safety feature. Like the Apple Watch Series 8 and iPhone 14, the Ultra features all-new Crash Detection. If the watch detects a serious accident, it will automatically contact emergency responders after 20 seconds of inactivity. I didn’t experience any crashes (or ride any roller coasters) during my testing, but it is very easy to understand the value of this new safety feature. The watch also carries over Fall Detection from past generations for added security on trail runs and other treks.
Apple Watch Ultra specs
Apple Watch Ultra
LTPO OLED Retina 410 x 502 pixels (49mm) Always-on display
Dimensions and weight
49mm: 49 x 44 x 14.4mm Titanium: 63.1g
Apple S8 with 64-bit dual-core processor Apple W3 Apple U1 chip (Ultra-wideband)
36 hours 45 min to 80% charge
USB-C magnetic fast charging cable
Case materials and colors
L1 & L5 GPS/GNSS GLONASS Galileo QZSS BeiDou Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz and 5GHz Bluetooth 5.0
Louder speaker • Large battery • Extensive features
An advanced health tracking watch and a top-in-class GPS performance.
The Apple Watch Ultra has a large sapphire glass display, which is nominally bigger than the one in the regular Series 8. It also has an additional button on the side (the Action Button), a larger and louder speaker, and LTE connectivity comes with every model, plus a larger battery than any Apple Watch ever. The Ultra comes with a host of features for athletes. Rock climbers, SCUBA divers, hikers, and other folks who are looking for a smartwatch that can help them track intense workouts and also keep them safe will find a lot to love about the Ultra.
Hands down, the Ultra is the most advanced Apple Watch yet. It offers everything that’s great about the Series 8, but in a more durable shell with a bigger battery and more features than ever. The oversized, flat display is beautiful, the Action button is helpful, and the battery life is commendable. For the average Apple user, it’s a very expensive, very reliable iPhone companion. If you aren’t an aspiring Ironman competitor or a deep-sea enthusiast, the Ultra’s shortcomings on the adventure front will likely go unnoticed.
For casual outdoor enthusiasts already drinking the Cupertino Kool-Aid, it’s a home run — a stellar smartwatch and a reliable enough companion for core health and activity tracking, all in one device. For everyone else, the Apple Watch Ultra is a luxurious oddity. All in all, it lands somewhere between a rugged smartwatch and an intermediate multisport device. A number of its headlining features align the Watch Ultra with the best activity-focused watches from Garmin, Polar, or Coros, and it’s certainly clear Apple is shooting its shot. However, dedicated GPS watches offer heaps more training and recovery insights.
The Apple Watch Ultra falls somewhere between rugged smartwatch and entry-level multisport device, and for many, will either be too little or too much.
With a Garmin Fenix 7 ($699.99 at Amazon), data-driven users can access tons of stats in the Garmin Connect app plus analysis via features like Body Battery and Health Snapshot. If an attractive screen is a priority, Garmin’s Epix 2 ($899) is basically a Fenix 7 with an AMOLED display. Both also aid hikers with Topo Active Maps and other comprehensive navigation tools. Most importantly, they last for weeks (not just days). The Ultra has plenty of potential but falls short on the battery, mapping, and data analysis fronts. Another obvious alternative for serious athletes is the Coros Vertix 2 ($699 at Amazon), which supports offline mapping and boasts showstopping battery life.
That said, iOS users who weren’t planning to capitalize on the Ultra’s niche features anyway can still save a few hundred dollars by taking the more traditional smartwatch route. The Apple Watch Series 8 ($399) is a very powerful smartwatch with both a temperature sensor and Crash Detection. For non-iPhone users, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro ($449.99 at Samsung) is the best Wear OS smartwatch with a premium build as well as some introductory navigation features. Neither of these alternatives offers the same level of durability as the Ultra, but are good options for those strictly looking for a solid smartwatch with a relatively robust health and activity tracking suite.
Apple Watch Ultra: The verdict
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When it comes to a comprehensive smartwatch experience, Apple leads the pack. Generation after generation, the company pushes out wearables with unmatched app support and an intuitive day-to-day experience. Each year, specs Excellerate organically while the sleek build changes nominally. The Apple Watch Ultra, however, represents the company’s first major departure from this tried and true formula.
With a significantly altered profile, an added Action button, and souped-up specs, the Ultra heads in a decidedly new direction, all while building on an already rock-solid foundation. Rather than a useful iPhone companion, the Ultra stands as a valuable tool all on its own. The build is reliable in all feasible environments, the safety features are laudable, and the basic dive and hike-specific features are likely to impress hobbyists. For road warriors, watchOS 9 brings a number of improvements to fitness tracking, and the GPS performance is among the best in the business.
As a first attempt to woo the adventure crowd, the Apple Watch Ultra shows a lot of promise.
Sure, this first generation feels like Apple dipping a toe into a more advanced fitness market. Dedicated adventurers aren’t quite getting the perfect smart-multisport-hybrid watch they’d perhaps hoped for. However, with continued software support and tweaking, it’s very easy to imagine Apple catching up quickly to the very best in the field. At present, it already outperforms all other multisport devices in terms of smartwatch features and everyday usability, it just has some ground to make up in the adventuring arena. Apple is going to need to fan the flame to win over more serious explorers, but the Ultra shows a spark that could lead to a bright future for its elite smartwatch line.
Top Apple Watch Ultra questions and answers
Unfortunately, like every other Apple Watch model, the Apple Watch Ultra remains exclusive to iPhone users and will not work with Android phones.
The Apple Watch Ultra has a WR100 water-resistance rating for withstanding water pressure at 100 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. It is also EN13319-compliant for diving.
Yes, the Apple Watch Ultra is compatible with Family Setup.
Apple claims on-wrist operating temperatures from -4°F to 131°F (-20°C to 55°C).
Yes. Among the many watchOS 9 upgrades, Apple added deeper insights to its sleep tracking including sleep stage tracking.
The Apple Watch Ultra features more durability than the Series 8 as well as an Action button and other specs. Find out more about the specifics in our comparison guide.
Yes, you can add music to the Watch Ultra via the Apple Watch app on an iPhone. Alternatively, Apple Music subscribers can add music via the Music app on the watch itself.
Wed, 12 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://www.androidauthority.com/apple-watch-ultra-review-3213896/Killexams : New York Apples Bring New Taste Treats
Originally printed in the September 2022 issue of Produce Business.
After weather problems reduced the harvest last year, New York apples are poised for a comeback in 2022.
“It looks like it will be a good crop,” says Tim Mansfield, director of sales and marketing for Sun Orchard Fruit Company, Burt, NY. “Last year we had poor bloom and a problem with alternate bearing with Honeycrisp.”
Morris Riessen started selling apples from the back of his truck in 1907 and the company he started has grown to become Sun Orchard, which ships for 30 growers in central and western New York, with a controlled storage facility that can manage 600,000 bushels.
Those growers find customers in at least half the country.
“I think New York apples do well east of the Mississippi,” Mansfield says. “We have a complex soil here and it makes for great-tasting apples.”
Northeastern consumers can look forward to abundant supplies of local apples this year. “We have a beautiful crop this year, thankfully,” says Kaari Stannard, president of Yes! Apples, Glenmont, NY. “It’s a few percentage points greater than last year and meets the five-year average.”
Some shippers combine apples out of storage and imports to offer a year-round supply.
“Our domestic crop will be available to sell starting in August, continuing through June,” says Stannard. “Then, we import SweeTango and Honeycrisp, which are sold during July and August.”
Not Your Grandparents’ Apples
The varieties in the apple display have changed significantly the last few years, especially with the arrival of SnapDragon and RubyFrost from the Cornell University breeding program.
“Our mix also includes key varieties such as Honeycrisp, Fuji, Gala and Pink Lady,” says Stannard. “Some varieties that are becoming less popular include Red Delicious, Gingergold, Jonagold and Macouns, among others. There are always changes we need to keep up with as we plan our mix for the coming season.”
Many of the newly popular apples, like Evercrisp and SnapDragon, are variations on Honeycrisp. “EverCrisp is a big opportunity for growth as we continue to educate customers about its fantastic flavor and hearty crunch,” says Stannard. “With Honeycrisp as one of the parent varieties, EverCrisp offers similar attributes as one of the customers’ favorite varieties. We also see growth in the popularity of Rave, SnapDragon and SweeTango.”
Honeycrisp continues to be a year-round fan favorite, Stannard adds, and Yes! Apples collaborates with NY growers and exporters from Nova Scotia and New Zealand to deliver Honeycrisp 12 months out of the year.
Retailers have noticed this change in customer preferences in apples.
“There is a shift in what customers are looking for,” says Justin Rowe, category business manager for fruit at Tops Friendly Markets, Williamsville, NY. “The apples that are seeing the most growth are the new high flavor varieties that are coming out. Some of the old legacy varietals, like Red Delicious, are taking a back seat to some of the great varieties that are coming out of New York. Some of the successful varieties include SnapDragon, Ruby Frost and Evercrisp.”
Tops Friendly Markets dates to early last century when Italian immigrant Ferrante Castellani opened a neighborhood grocery store in Niagara Falls. Future generations built on that beginning to develop a chain of 145 markets in upstate New York, Vermont and northern Pennsylvania. Two years ago, Tops merged with Price Chopper and Market 32 to form a Schenectady, NY-based company with stores in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire.
Tops has remade its apple displays as new varieties arrive and consumer preferences change.
“We are starting to phase out some older varieties to make way for the new, better-tasting apples,” says Rowe. “We are also going to call out the names of these apples in our ads so that customers become familiar with them.”
As the apple category evolves, gaining consumer loyalty to new varieties can be encouraged by keeping them in the display for months, rather than weeks.
“Keep them on the shelf longer,” advises Jessica Wells, executive director of Crunch Time Apple Growers, Lockport, NY. “Give the consumer a chance to be a repeat customer. If they’re only on the shelf a month, the consumer doesn’t have a chance to buy them a second time.”
Crunch Time Apple Growers is a cooperative of 147 New York family farmers who combine for 60% of the state’s apple production. This cooperative’s close work with Cornell University researchers led to the 2013 release of SnapDragon and RubyFrost.
Because most consumers keep apples at home longer than they do stone fruit or berries, retailers need to display new varieties longer to allow customers who like them enough time to come back for more.
“SnapDragon had a great year last year,” Wells says. “It is a sweet apple and we’ve seen retailers start them in October and continue until we run out in March. Once consumers try SnapDragon, they will buy them again.”
From the Honeycrisp line, SnapDragon has already emerged as a leading eating apple with sweet taste and good crunch, while RubyFrost is gaining favor as a slow-to-brown cooking apple.
New Ways of Talking (Apples)
New York apple growers insist their fruit has flavor that cannot be matched.
“The taste of a New York-grown apple is unique — much different from what consumers might be familiar with,” says Stannard. “Yes! Apples are grown for flavor, in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley and along the coast of Lake Ontario, where the mineral-rich soil helps create a taste unmatched anywhere else.”
Unfortunately, letting consumers taste the difference became more difficult because sampling was curtailed during the pandemic. So savvy shippers and retailers have become adept at using the Internet to merchandise apples and other produce.
“Digital marketing has grown leaps and bounds over the last couple of years,” says Rowe. “We have seen the success of e-coupons grow to the point that they are a very important tool in our advertising strategy. We plan to utilize more of these digital assets in 2022’s NY apple season.”
Some growers use digital platforms to ship directly to consumers.
“We launched our online store to allow consumers to have our apples shipped directly to their door — it can’t get fresher than that,” says Stannard. “Plus, we’ll be offering new assortments and a couple of surprise collaborations this fall.”
She said apple enthusiasts can keep up with Yes! Apples on its website and on social media, as well as in stores. “We’re always working on new ways to reach consumers,” says Stannard. “We know consumers shop in a variety of ways, which is why we offer multiple options for them to buy Yes! Apples. Whether they’re buying our apples in person from one of our retail partners or ordering from our online shop, we want to meet consumers where they are.”
Digital campaigns include educating consumers on how the different varieties are best used.
Yes! Apples explains how to use apples, educates consumers about how to cook with apples beyond baking, and shares how different varieties of apples work for various purposes, says Stannard. “For example, we recommend apples like Cortland and Empire for pie recipes because they hold up well, and SnapDragon and SweeTango are great for salads and sandwiches because of their sweet flavor and mighty crunch. We also highlight information like ensuring consumers refrigerate their apples to keep them fresher longer.”
Direct marketing allows consumers to let shippers know how their fruit is being received, she adds. “We’ve received customer feedback that when they open a box of Yes! Apples they’ve ordered from our site, the smell of apples fills the room and makes them feel like they just stepped into an orchard.”
One message that resonates with many consumers is the freshness of apples grown close to the store, and the reduced carbon footprint that comes with shorter shipping distances.
With the high and rising price for diesel, New York apples have a significant edge in shipping costs compared to fruit from Washington and the rest of the West.
“Because of our location in New York state, we’re close to consumers in the East and Northeast. We pack our apples on the day they’re picked, ship on day two, and they’re in stores by day three, ensuring the freshest possible product,” says Stannard.
“Our proximity means we can reduce our food miles and our overall carbon footprint. We’re also looking to partner with a carbon footprint offset organization that will allow our ecommerce customers an opportunity to offset the carbon emissions from their online orders.”
While the category is evolving, there is no substitute for boots on the produce department floor, because maintaining a well-stocked, good-looking display remains the most important thing retailers can do to move apples in volume.
“You should refresh the apples three or four times a day,” says Sun Orchard Fruit Company’s Mansfield. “You have culls, and people drop apples and put them back in the display. You should refresh the display several times a day, especially before peak traffic times. Shelf space and ads are the biggest things in moving apples.”
Amazon is also already discounting a number of bestselling tablets ahead of the Prime Early Access event. You can shop budget-friendly options like the Amazon Fire 7 or pick out a multi-purpose tablet like the Apple iPad Pro. Treat yourself to a new device for streaming, studying or drawing. Tablets also make great gifts for the holidays.
Keep reading to find the best Apple deals ahead of Amazon Prime Day II. Make sure your Amazon Prime membership is active so you can score even more deals during the sales event.
The 10.2-inch iPad 9, released in 2021, is the most affordable of Apple's iPad offerings. It offers a 8 MP wide-angle back camera, and a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle front camera. It boasts stereo speakers, too. This iPad is powered by a A13 Bionic chip. It boasts up to 10 hours of battery life, and is compatible with the Apple Pencil ($99) for drawing or note-taking.
Introduced in 2022, the 10.9-inch Apple iPad Air 5 is the latest in the lightweight iPad Air line. The iPad Air 5 offers performance up to 60% faster than the prior model, thanks to Apple's turbo-charged M1 chip. The device boasts a 12 MP wide-angle back camera that supports 4K video. It also offers touch ID, and Apple's Liquid Retina display.
The iPad Mini 6 is a compact tablet with an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display screen. Released in 2021, the Apple tablet is powered by an A15 Bionic chip. It features a 12 MP wide-angle back camera, and a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle front camera. It boasts landscape stereo speakers. Available in four colors.
Note that the Apple iPad Mini is not compatible with Apple's external Magic Keyboard. It can, however, be used with other Bluetooth-enabled external keyboards.
Apple's high-end tablet, the iPad Pro, features an 11-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, a pro camera system and a Thunderbolt port for lightning-speed data transfers. Looking for a traditional laptop experience? It's compatible with Apple's Magic Keyboard.
Available in two colors; prices vary. The sale prices listed below are for the space gray iPad Pro 5 with Wi-Fi-only connectivity.
As with other iPad models, the iPad Pro 5 with cellular connectivity is more expensive than the Wi-Fi-only device. But if 5G is the connection you're craving, then the extra expense may be worth it.
The top-of-the-line Galaxy Tab S8 Ultrais a great gift for yourself or someone on your holiday list. It comes with a massive 14.6-inch screen (120 Hz), an ultra-wide dual front camera that records video in 4K and an upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. An S Pen is included.
As expected, the sun has set on Amazon’s Prime Early Access sale, along with the litany of counter sales running elsewhere. Despite this, however, there are still plenty of solid deals to check out at Amazon and Best Buy, many of which are holdouts from earlier in the week. Some of these products may not be available for their lowest prices ever, true, but they’re still worth a look if you missed them earlier this week.
Google recently introduced the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, but you can still pick up an unlocked, 128GB Pixel 6 in black at Amazon and Best Buy for $399, just $20 shy of its Prime Day price. Unlike the Pixel 6A, this one has a 90Hz refresh rate display and better rear-facing cameras, along with a vivid 6.4-inch OLED screen. It was an impressive phone at $599 thanks to its great performance and battery life, but today’s $200 discount makes it an even better option for anyone who is in need of an inexpensive phone with a lot to offer. If you’re considering the newer Pixel 7 over the Pixel 6, know that the newer model features a slightly smaller display, a few camera improvements, and Google’s second-gen Tensor CPU. Read our Pixel 6 review.
The latest Apple TV 4K is down to $109.99 (about $70 off) in its 32GB configuration at Amazon and Best Buy. Apple’s futureproof streaming device provides access to all your favorite content, along with services like Apple Arcade and Apple Fitness Plus. It also supports both Wi-Fi 6 and Thread, meaning it should be able to serve as a hub for newer smart home devices that support the standard.
As far as other specs go, the Apple TV 4K is equipped with Apple’s A12 Bionic processor, providing it with snappier performance compared to other streaming devices, including Roku’s streaming sticks. It can even connect to two sets of AirPods for private listening (sans support for Apple’s immersive spatial audio feature). Read our review.
Razer’s Seiren Mini is an adorable little microphone that’s currently available at Amazon and Best Buy for $39.99 ($10 off) in either pink or black. A compact and budget-friendly mic, the capsule-shaped Seiren Mini features a supercardioid pickup pattern, which means it has a very narrow focus but shouldn’t pick up much in the way of ambient noise. The Mini also comes with its own shock-absorbing stand and adapter for boom arms, giving you more flexibility with your setup, regardless if you plan on streaming or just chatting via Zoom.
Amazon’s latest Echo Dot doesn’t ship until October 20th, however, if you preorder a bundle that includes an Eero Mesh Wifi Router, you can save $19 on the combined price of both items. We haven’t had a chance to test the latest generation of Amazon’s orb-shaped automation hub — stay tuned for our review — but it looks remarkably similar to the prior model. This time around, however, it sports new tap gesture controls, more bass, and a built-in temperature sensor with Alexa integration.
Perhaps the most impressive addition to the latest Echo Dot is its ability to serve as a wireless extender for Eero Mesh Wifi systems, allowing you to easily fill gaps in your Wi-fi coverage. This feature will be rolling out to older generations of the Dot as well via a future firmware update, but if you’re looking for a more seamless way to provide consistent wireless access throughout your home, this bundle is worth checking out.