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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) was named the top pick at Morgan Stanley even as the investment firm acknowledged that risks to consumer and enterprise business are rising, "suggesting further downside to estimates."

A group of analysts, led by Erik Woodring, cut earnings per share estimates and price targets on a number of hardware and enterprise stocks, including Apple (AAPL), Seagate Technology (STX), GoPro (GPRO), Logitech (LOGI), Sonos (SONO), CDW (NASDAQ:CDW), Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) and HP (HPQ) by 10% and 15%, respectively. The analysts noted hardware underperformance has accelerated this year, with the group underperforming the S&P 500 and NASDAQ by 16 and 7 points, respectively.

The analysts added that the underperformance is due to a number of reasons, including slowing consumer electronics and PC demand; macro uncertainty hitting enterprise hardware budgets; inflation at or near a 40-year high; and elevated balance sheet and channel inventories.

"While the market is increasingly pricing in 'bad news', we believe it's still too early to get positive on hardware names, and see a challenging [third-quarter] setup," the analysts wrote.

The group also noted that a number of companies have lowered their outlooks for the next 12 months, but there is still expected to be more cuts as earnings season comes into play.

As such, the analysts said there is a bias towards "quality" with Apple (AAPL) and CDW (CDW) as the highest conviction names, with Apple giving "greater insulation during a downturn."

Apple (AAPL) is slated to report earnings October 27.

Logitech (LOGI), Xerox (XRX) and Cricut (CRCT) are the top underweight ideas, with Morgan Stanley citing the "elevated risk of negative revenue and earnings revisions post-COVID."

Earlier this month, Credit Suisse said Apple (AAPL) would continue to benefit from strong demand for its iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.

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Killexams : Apple issues developer beta 11 of macOS Ventura

macOS Ventura developer beta 10 now available

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Apple is edging ever closer to the release of macOS Ventura, and has provided developer beta testers with a tenth build of the operating system.

The freshest betas can be pulled from the Apple Developer Center by developers signed up for the test program, or as an over-the-air update for devices already running beta software. Public betas typically appear a short time after the developer versions, and are downloaded through the Apple Beta Software Program website.

The eleventh beta replaces the tenth from October 4, which in turn took over from the ninth from September 27.

The eleventh beta build is number 22A5373b, replacing 22A5365d.

Final public versions of macOS Ventura are expected to arrive sometime in October. Apple also released beta builds for older operating systems containing similar security patches found in macOS 13. Those beta versions are macOS 11.7.1 and macOS 12.6.1, which will presumably be released alongside macOS 13.

New features included in macOS Ventura include Stage Manager app management and multitasking, Live Captions for video, Finder and System Settings changes, Spotlight updates, Continuity Camera that turns an iPhone into a webcam, Passkeys, and upgrades to Messages, and Safari, Photos, among other alterations.

AppleInsider, and Apple itself, strongly advise users avoid installing betas on to "mission-critical" or primary devices, as there is the small chance of data loss or other issues. Instead, testers should install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to make sure there are sufficient backups of important data before updating.

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Killexams : Google Tensor 2 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Apple A16 benchmark test comparison The Pixel 7 series comes powered by Google's latest Tensor 2 chipset which turned out to be taped out on the 5nm production process, rather than being a 4nm affair like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The performance differences between these two nodes are rather negligible, though, and even TSMC calls its 4nm N4P process an enhanced 5nm node, delivering just 11% boost.
How would Tensor 2 fair against the original Tensor, though, as well as against the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Apple's A16 as found in the iPhone 14 Pro Max? We ran some benchmarks to find out.

Tensor 2 vs Tensor 1, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and Apple A16 performance test

As can be expected, Apple's 4nm A16 is way ahead in the single and multi-core CPU game, as its homebrew chipset is usually clocked quite high. For all other intents and purposes, the new Tensor 2 is faster than the OG Tensor, but it holds up well to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, even beating it in some scenarios.

When it comes to graphics subsystem performance, the Tensor 2 stands its ground well against the Qualcomm and Apple chipsets and performs pretty admirably in the browsing speed test, too. Here's what Google promised about its second Tensor chip:

Every aspect of Tensor G2 was designed to Improve Pixel’s performance and efficiency for great battery life. Tensor G2 runs Google’s machine learning models with less power and latency. And it makes Pixel faster and more helpful than ever... Tensor G2’s GPU runs more efficiently, delivering smooth real-time rendering for stunning, fluid graphics.

Where the Pixel 7 shines indeed, according to our test results, is performance under pressure. It managed to pull off impressive stability hence high score in the 3D rendering stress test, even though it did get rather hot and bothered during the 20-minute performance stability test, as they all do.


Conclusion

Long story short you won't, by any means, feel underpowered with Google's new Tensor 2 chipset, even in the graphics department. 

Its admirable stability under stressful for the chip conditions also means that your Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro will benefit from better thermal management and power draw which would ultimately be beneficial for their battery life, just as Google promised while announcing its 2022 Pixels.

Fri, 14 Oct 2022 00:04:00 -0500 en text/html https://www.phonearena.com/news/google-tensor-2-vs-snapdragon-8-vs-apple-a16-comparison_id143088
Killexams : Apple Buyers Are Getting iPhone 14 Models Quicker Than Previous Lineup: Here Are New Lead Times © Provided by Benzinga

Apple Inc’s (NASDAQ: AAPLiPhone 14 models are seeing a dip in delivery lead times compared with the previous iPhone 13 models.

What Happened: Lead times for the iPhone 14 Pro models moderated in the sixth week of the Apple Product Availability Tracker by JPMorgan compared with the fifth week. 

Lead times for the iPhone 14 Pro Max are at par with the Pro, according to JPMorgan, reported Apple Insider.

The timeline of the moderation is reportedly similar to that of iPhone 13 models irrespective of the supply constraints.

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In comparison with iPhone 13, the lead times are shorter for iPhone 14 and lower for those of the Pro and Pro Max models, according to the report.

Delivery lead time, the period between when an order is placed and is delivered, is considered a crucial supply chain and inventory metric.

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Why It Matters: The delivery at-home timing for iPhone 14, Plus, Pro and Pro Max are 2,2,29 and 30 days, respectively, and have decreased from 2,4,32, and 34 days compared to a week ago, noted Apple Insider.

Chinese lead times are reportedly below the global average for the Pro model. Lead times for the Pro and Pro Max are at 22 and 29 days, respectively, in the Asian country.

The lead times of one day for the iPhone 14 and Plus in China are lower than 12 days for the iPhone 13 and Mini in the country, according to Apple Insider.

JPMorgan forecasted revenue of $90 billion for Apple beating a Wall Street consensus estimate of $88.6 billion. In its report, the bank estimated the Tim Cook-led company will ship 55 million iPhones versus a consensus of 52 million for the period, reported Apple Insider separately. 

Morgan Stanley analyst Erik Woodring said this month that slowing growth in the U.S. and China dragged down App Store sales in exact months, which will weigh on the company’s overall Services segment growth.

Price Action: Apple shares closed 3.2% lower at $138.38 in the regular session on Friday, according to data from Benzinga Pro.

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Killexams : The iPhone 14 Pro could be a gaming beast, but something is holding it back

For the better part of the past ten years, Apple’s in-house A-series processors powering iPhones and iPads have had a definitive edge over rivals from Qualcomm, Samsung, and MediaTek. With the iPhone 14 series hitting the shelves in 2022, the performance gulf has only widened this year.

It’s somewhat astonishing to see just how powerful these ‘smartphone chips’ are. The entire transition away from the x86-based Intel ecosystem to self-designed M-series processors for Macs happened on the foundations of a developer kit powered by the A12Z chip, a processor fitted inside the 2020 iPad Pro.

The back of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
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This year, Apple again sat at the vanguard of chip innovation with the A16 Bionic, the world’s first mobile SoC based on the next-gen 4nm fabrication process. Apple made its customary bold promises about the A16 Bionic’s superiority in its slick keynote presentation and the carefully worded newsroom post.

Apple claims that the new silicon comes armed with an “accelerated 5-core GPU with 50 percent more memory bandwidth — perfect for graphics-intensive games and apps.” The reality is not too far off, at least on paper.

Oodles of power, little space to vent

When I embarked on a marathon gaming session involving every demanding title that I could find on the App Store, I expected nothing but class-leading performance. I did get a taste of that class-leading performance, but only in short bursts. That’s because the iPhone 14 Pro is held back by the same problem as the Google Pixel 6a.

Game library installed on the iPhone 14 Pro
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Both phones feature a processor that is too powerful for the heat management system inside. Apple has made changes to the thermal hardware this year, and teardowns of the 14 Pro show what exactly is going on under the hood.

For yet another year, Apple has skipped the more efficient vapor chamber cooling system in favor of graphite sheets. That’s not good news, especially when the processor has made yet another fabrication leap that offers a 40% bump in CPU power while graphics memory bandwidth has gone up by a 50% margin.

For thermal management, however, Apple has merely played around with graphite sheets, hoping that they will do a dramatically better job this time around. Unfortunately, they don’t. The iPhone 13 Pro was no thermal management champion, but the iPhone 14 Pro doesn’t fare any better under stress — especially when it comes to playing games.

A gaming beast that literally brings the heat

I fired up games expecting the iPhone 14 Pro to crush them. And it did. Except for outlier scenarios where the developer hasn’t enabled one or two of the peak graphics presets to keep things from going haywire, the Apple flagship had absolutely no trouble delivering the smoothest performance you can get on a smartphone.

Internal design of the iPhone 14 Pro
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If you have keen eyes, you will easily discern the stunning clarity of shadow and reflection rendering, especially if you’ve played games on a mid-range Android phone. I compared the iPhone 14 Pro side by side with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and noticed that the transitions just felt a tad smoother on the Apple device.

Frame rates were consistently at the top end of the permissible limit, and there was no absolutely no trace of stuttering or frame drops. That is, until you go past the mark of about 20-30 minutes into your gaming marathon.

In a handful of games like Call of Duty: Mobile and Genshin Impact, stutters become apparent during intense combat scenes. Of course, they cost me a precious few seconds, triggering an unceremonious end to my team shootout campaign. Notably, the heating is not merely limited to gaming sessions.

Playing Call of Duty Mobile on iPhone 14 Pro
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In fact, the iPhone 14 Pro started heating a little too aggressively even while downloading game assets. I first noticed this oddity when the phone started installing game files worth about 14GB in Genshin Impact. It appears that processing those resources in the background was stressing the processor out.

Now, unlike Android phones, there isn’t a performance analysis system like third-party FPS overlay and system resource analysis apps. Apple won’t even let you check the CPU or battery temperature levels. I could only check the frame rate stability of a few games using a barebones open-source GitHub project called trdrop, which analyzes gameplay footage to show a rough fps chart.

In general, demanding games set to 60 fps output deliver anywhere between 45-59 fps under moderate graphics settings. However, if you go Ultra or Extreme, the real output drops to around 40-45 fps. These are just numbers for the sake of testing, and won’t affect the real gaming experience to the naked eye.

Playing Dianlo Immortal on iPhone 14 Pro
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For games that promise a 120fps mode on the iPhone 14 Pro’s ProMotion display, a true 120fps experience is only available if the graphics settings linger in the low to moderate range. For anything beyond that, the real output jumps between 60 fps and 90 fps.

For less demanding games, especially indie titles, real frame rates remain at a stable 60 fps even at high graphics settings. At the end of the day, the frame rate stability depends on how demanding the game is, and the graphics settings chosen by the player.

In the case of games like Diablo Immortal, which allow you to play the early stages while more assets for subsequent missions are installed in a staggered fashion, there was again stuttering. In a gaming session that lasted about 25 to 30 minutes, I noticed the character suddenly slowed down the pace of walking or attacking, almost like a short-lived spell of slo-mo capture.

Closeup view of the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro
Yes, enemies can hide behind the Dynamic Island while playing games like Call of Duty: Mobile. Nadeem Sarwar / DigitalTrends

At first, it seemed like a network latency issue, but an Ookla speed test told me that the network ping rate was not a problem, and the downlink rate of around 350Mbps was also business as usual. I tried a fresh install on the vanilla Galaxy S22 and OnePlus 10 Pro and played the first few stages while the rest of the game assets were downloading in the background.

Interestingly, I didn’t come across any random momentary slowing down on Android flagships. But this was limited to only a few games with a very specific asset processing pipeline. Once the files are downloaded, the games run without any stutter on the iPhone 14 Pro. But the joy is short-lived.

The iPhone 14 Pro has uncharacteristically bad thermal management hardware. Every single demanding game that I played for 30 minutes, or more, turned the phone into a piping-hot glass-and-metal sandwich. The heat is primarily localized to the area underneath the camera hump.

Playing Castlevania Grimoire of Souls on iPhone 14 Pro
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Plus, that shiny surgical-grade stainless steel frame also gets hot rather quickly, and definitely doesn’t help with the heat dissipation, especially with your warm hands gripping the phone from all sides. I regularly recorded the rear panel temperature in the 38 to 42 degrees Centigrade (aka 100 to 107 degrees Fahrenheit) range after a gaming session lasting around 30 to 40 minutes. In fact, I could even feel the warmth from over the ESR silicone clear case protecting the phone.

But the heat is not localized to the frame and rear portion. The screen gets hot too, especially if you’ve cranked the brightness all the way up while playing games outdoors. To cope with it, I noticed that the iPhone 14 Pro routinely drops the brightness if your gaming session lasts more than 30 to 40 mins, or even quicker with demanding games.

Playing Oceanhorn 2 on the iPhone 14 Pro
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I came across this sudden drop in brightness while playing Genshin Impact and Call of Duty: Mobile most frequently. Once that happens, the phone takes a healthy few minutes for the screen to return back to its eye-searing glory. But just in case you were wondering, a sudden drop in screen brightness is not a bug.

Apple itself claims that the screen brightness is lowered as a measure of managing heat dissipation when the device is under load. It can also happen while capturing videos, streaming high-resolution content, or using the device under sunlight for prolonged periods.

As long as you keep your gaming sessions limited to a cooled space, you’ll have a blast. Just don’t sit under the sunlight and try to snipe an army of opponents in PUBG: Mobile for a few Battle Royale rounds.

Apple Arcade is the secret sauce

I’ve never had the courage to spend money on a subscription service for mobile games. I already spend on Xbox Game Pass, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube Premium each month. Adding one from Apple doesn’t make a lot of sense. Plus, there’s always this meaningless stigma of “mobile gaming is not real gaming” that kept me from trying Apple Arcade.

Apple Arcade page on the Apple Store as seen on the iPhone 14 Pro
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I finally budged, when Apple generously bundled 3-month of free Apple Arcade with my $1,800 phone (Yeah, iPhones come with a substantially higher price tag in almost every market that isn’t the U.S.).

Right off the bat, the quality of games bundled with Apple Arcade is noticeably better than a majority of tiles on the App Store. The visuals are just more realistic, the sound fidelity is richer, and the haptics feel a lot more refined and well-synced. More importantly, these games don’t trigger throttling in the same way as the non-Arcade titles.

Stutters are rare, and frame rate stability is also better. It’s as if Apple set a much higher quality baseline for games before they’re considered worthy of a seat in the Arcade auditorium.

For the longest time, I thought Asphalt 9 was among the best racing games on mobile, until I came across Gear.Club Stradale. This Arcade game is a revelation in terms of visual realism. The environment design, light reflections off the car, the surface details, and smooth vehicle maneuvering are simply way too good.

Apple Arcade splash screne on iPhone 14 Pro
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This might sound like hyperbole, but the raw quality is almost as if Forza Horizon 5 was ported over from PC to the iPhone 14 Pro’s screen without any downgrades whatsoever. I am saying this after putting in dozens of hours in the game on a PC with a 12th Gen Core i9 and an RTX 3000 series GPU humming inside. It’s that good.

If you’re a fan of games that delve into anime-style graphics or neon cyberpunk-esque visuals, The Pathless and Sayonara Wild Hearts are simply unmatched. The frame transitions, the beautiful cutscenes, smooth movement controls, and the world-building is simply stunning.

I’ve tested my fair share of mobile games, but these two are right at the top in terms of visual brilliance and a rewarding gaming experience. Sayonara Wild Hearts, in particular, is among the true gems of Apple Arcade’s library. If you prefer portrait gaming, Thumper+ will leave you in awe with its flashing color transitions and slick animations, despite offering a barebones system in the name of game mechanics.

Playing Samurai Jack on the iPhone 14 Pro
Nadeem Sarwar / DigitalTrends

For fans of action-adventure games, Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls and Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time offer a great mix of fluidic controls, eye-catching cutscenes, beautifully designed worlds, and of course, an unbeatable sense of familiarity with two classic franchises.

If you live and breathe Zelda, Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realms will keep you hooked for hours. This is another beautifully animated game with an immersive open-world design, smooth combat mechanics, engaging (albeit a bit predictable) story, and rewarding boss battles. The game is also available on Nintendo Switch, but if you have a gaming controller like those offered by Gamesir, this game will keep you busy for a few hours.

GRIS+, FANTASIAN, Star Trek: Legends, LEGO Star Wars: Castaways, and Warped Kart Racers are a few other Apple Arcade titles that are a hell of a lot of fun to play on the phone. But yet again, the poor thermal management spoils some of that fun.

Playing Gear Club Stradale on the iPhone 14 Proc
Nadeem Sarwar / DigitalTrends

Compared to the non-Arcade titles, Apple Arcade games fare better at maintaining frame rate stability and battery consumption, but they still cause heating. The screen gets dim after a while, and you really need to set the iPhone 14 Pro aside to let it cool down.

The iPhone 14 Pro is almost a gaming legend

Is the iPhone 14 Pro a better gaming phone than Android flagships? Maybe better than those enthusiast-class, Transformers-spawned “gaming phones” like the Asus ROG Phone 6? From a technical standpoint, no! But can the iPhone deliver a better gaming experience than most Android handsets? Yes, and the answer is Apple Arcade.

For all that raw firepower and the talk about metal gaming advancements, the A16 Bionic should be able to handle console-grade games without much effort. Theoretically, it could have, but it’s the undeservedly terrible thermal hardware that lets this fire-breather down.

Playing Sayonara on the iPhone 14 Pro
Nadeem Sarwar / DigitalTrends

Maybe, Apple can seed a few updates to optimize the game performance so that the heating situation can be brought under control, even by a small margin. It’s hard not to feel bad about the unused potential here. For a chip as capable as the A16 Bionic, equally beefy thermal hardware could’ve added so much to the iPhone’s gaming creds.

That’s not at all to say the iPhone 14 Pro is a bad gaming smartphone. For casual and moderate gamers, there’s plenty of horsepower and quality games to keep you happy for years to come. But considering how many advancements we’ve seen with gaming handsets in the Android space — and the amount of potential Apple had at its disposal — it’s difficult to look at the iPhone 14 Pro’s gaming chops and not want something more.

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Killexams : Apple iPhone 14 Plus review: It’s an iPhone, but bigger

Every year Apple has a surprise or two in store for its device lineup, and for 2022 one of those twists is the iPhone 14 Plus. That's because instead of continuing to make a mini version of the basic iPhone, Apple has finally created a more affordable big-screen option starting at $899 for anyone who doesn't need or want to shell out for a $1,099 iPhone 14 Pro Max.

That said, we've already taken a big look at the vanilla iPhone 14. So in lieu of rehashing what is essentially the same phone but with a bigger display, this review is going to focus on the most important components along with what's different on this year's new Plus model.

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Pros

  • Bigger 6.7-inch screen
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Cheaper than iPhone 14 Pro Max

Cons

  • No 120Hz refresh rate
  • Still no USB-C port

The basics

Packing a 6.7-inch OLED screen with a 2778 x 1284 resolution, the iPhone 14 Plus is the same size as the Pro Max, but with a much lighter body (203 grams vs 240 grams). In fact, due to things like its triple rear cameras and heavy stainless steel frame, the iPhone 14 Pro actually weighs a tiny bit more (206 grams) than the 14 Plus, despite having a significantly smaller screen.

Like the standard model, the iPhone 14 Plus features just two rear cameras.

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The iPhone 14 Plus has the same basic features as the standard iPhone 14. You get a more playful selection of colors (blue, purple, midnight, starlight and red) than the Pro line, but lose out on some more sophisticated tech such as Apple's Dynamic Island, the new A16 Bionic chip or a dedicated telephoto camera. Instead, you get an A15 Bionic processor (the same as last year's models), just two rear cameras (including the 12MP main sensor from the iPhone 13 Pro), and a new 12MP TrueDepth selfie cam in front.

The phone still feels premium though, and has more than enough performance to handle anything you can throw at it. And as another perk for all the butterfingered folk out there, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus have a new mid-frame that makes it easier to replace front and back glass panels in the event of an accident.

The iPhone 14 Plus (203 grams) is significantly lighter than the iPhone 14 Pro Max (240 grams).

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Just don't try to carry over the physical SIM card from your previous phone, because like the rest of the iPhone 14 line, the Plus only works with eSIMs. This change shouldn't be a huge deal because Apple has supported eSIMs on its phone for years. But for those who haven't made the switch, just remember to save time to contact your carrier in order to convert your physical card into a virtual one.

Display

The most obvious advantage of the iPhone 14 Plus’ increased dimensions is its ability to fit a bigger screen, and over the course of about a week, using it has been a delight. When displaying HDR content, Apple says peak brightness can go as high as 1,200 nits. Meanwhile, using a light meter, I found that our review unit actually exceeded its claimed typical brightness of 800 nits, hitting just shy of 825 nits. And because it's an OLED panel, you get superb contrast and bright colors.

Thanks to its OLED panel, the iPhone 14 Plus outputs bright, vivid images.

Sam Rutherford/Engadget

Honestly, every now and then I find myself pleasantly surprised that a phone with a screen this big and vibrant is as light as it is. That weight reduction makes it just a little bit easier to hold than the Pro Max or similar big-screen phones while watching movies. The one downside to that is because the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus still feature 60Hz panels, display aficionados may more easily notice that fast action or UI animations don't look quite as smooth as they might on an iPhone or iPad with a 120Hz ProMotion screen.

Battery life

The other big upgrade on the iPhone 14 Plus over the standard model is battery life, which is simply awesome. A lot of device makers talk about making handsets that can last multiple days, but in my experience, the iPhone 14 Plus is one of the few that actually delivers. Even with me going through standard setup, running a slate of benchmarks, watching a handful of YouTube videos and plowing through a bunch of levels in Ustwo's charming tactics game Desta, I still finished the day with more than 45 percent juice left. That meant even with moderate use, I didn't have to worry about recharging until going to sleep the following night.

Sadly, the iPhone 14 Plus still relies on a Lightning connector for wired charging and data transfer.

Sam Rutherford/Engadget

And while I'm primarily an Android user, I also want to commend the excellent standby times you get with iPhones. Typically I'm used to phones losing between three and five percent battery overnight, but on the iPhone 14 Plus, I'm looking at one, maybe two percent. I know that doesn't sound like a ton, but it really goes to show how efficient Apple's handsets are. And in our standard video rundown test, the iPhone 14 Plus lasted a whopping 21 hours and 17 minutes, which is the second longest time we've seen from any phone this year, only behind the OnePlus 10T's mark of 22:59.

Cameras

Unlike the Pro line, the iPhone 14 Plus only gets two rear cameras: a 12MP primary shooter and a 12MP ultra-wide with a 120-degree field of view. In daytime shots, the iPhone captured rich, punchy colors and lots of detail that doesn't leave much room for critique. However, if I'm really nitpicking, I did notice that when compared to the Pixel 6 Pro, the iPhone 14 Plus occasionally overexposed some shots, which resulted in slightly more washed-out colors and a bit less dynamic range.

Thanks to its larger 6.7-inch display, watching movies and snapping pics is much more enjoyable on the iPhone 14 Plus compared to its smaller sibling.

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Meanwhile in low light, the iPhone 14 Plus almost matched the performance of Google's Night Sight mode on the Pixel 6 Pro, capturing bright images with good detail. In one shot at night of Grogu (aka baby Yoda), the iPhone 14 Plus captured a lovely golden glow from nearby lights. Unfortunately, that effect was somewhat exaggerated as evidenced by the Pixel 6 Pro's image, which looks more balanced while also featuring slightly sharper details on Grogu's robe and the plants in back.

I think the biggest upgrade to the iPhone 14 Plus' general photo experience, though, is the Photonic Engine. Low light photo processing is up to two and a half times faster, which means there's less waiting around between shots, and more importantly, there's also a smaller chance you’ll miss out on capturing that magic moment.

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Apple's improved camera experience carries over to the iPhone 14's 12MP front-facing camera as well. That's because thanks to the addition of a true autofocus system (instead of a fixed focus distance like on a lot of other phones), you can take sharper selfies with way less effort. And for someone like me who doesn't have a tried-and-tested selfie-taking posture like our resident selfie queen Cherlynn Low does, this makes it a lot easier to grab a decent looking shot when I do.

Wrap-up

Now I know that the addition of a slightly larger basic iPhone to the line is far from a game changer. But, the introduction of the iPhone 14 Plus really fleshes out the lineup. Previously, if you wanted an iPhone with a big screen, you had no choice but to shell out for the Pro Max model, which costs over $1,000. But with the 14 Plus, you can get the same size screen without having to pay for fancy features you might not want or need. As a bonus, its thermal management is even better than the standard model, so you almost never have to worry about getting sweaty hands.

Thanks to a new mid-frame, it should be much easier to the repair the 14 Pluus compared to previous generations.

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I'm still a little bummed that it seems like the Mini line had to die to make way for the Plus, because then the iPhone family would have a truly great range of sizes and prices. I should also point out that Google offers a similarly sized screen and a dedicated telephoto lens for the same price in the Pixel 6 Pro (and soon, the Pixel 7 Pro, probably). But I know asking longtime Apple users to switch OSes is pointless. So for all the iPhone fans who just want a familiar device with a bigger screen and outstanding battery life, well then you're in luck because the 14 Plus is your new champion.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. All prices are correct at the time of publishing.

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Killexams : Apple begins to select new smartphone substrate suppliers

Apple is reforming its Rigid Flexible Printed Circuit Board (RFPCB) supply chain management for smartphones. RFPCB is a key part that connects the Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) panel with the motherboard. Due to quality problems that occurred in some companies, Apple is looking for new Korean companies. A significant impact is expected in the parts industry since Apple’s RFPCB is 100% made in Korea.

It was found that company A, a domestic mid-sized company is currently undergoing the smartphone RFPCB Performance Test (Qual) from Apple. The company has not yet supplied PCBs to Apple. RFPCB is a solid substrate, it also has the flexibility to be folded. The easier it becomes to design smartphone products, the higher the value added than the Flexible Circuit Board(FPCB) used in existing smartphone. RFPCB will be supplied to Apple OLED display suppliers and eventually be installed into iPhones.

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Apple rushed to find new suppliers was due to quality problems that surfaced in the existing companies. The company supplied some RFPCBs for Apple’s newly released iPhone products, but the volume was reduced significantly in comparison to the previous model. Problems such as defect rate and yield were brought up. As a result, Apple’s RFPCB first vendor has been supplying 80% of the iPhone 14. It is the greatest percentage of supply ever.

Apple has maintained its multi-vendor strategy, encouraging competition by being supplied for even a single part by as many companies as possible. It seems that they have accelerated the SCM reform to change the current situation where parts supply is concentrated to a single company. If the new company passes the Qual Test, it is expected that they will supply RFPCB starting with the next product, the iPhone 15.

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Apple’s iPhone RFPCB is mainly supplied by mid-sized domestic companies because Samsung Electro-Mechanics withdrew its RFPCB business last year. For this part at least, Apple relies entirely on Korean companies. Company A, a mid-sized parts company that Apple is interested in as the new supplier, is reportedly making all-out efforts to pass the Apple Qual test. However, this company has no history of supplying RFPCBs and lacks investment capacity, etc., so the process of passing the qual test is not smooth. If a new provider passes the quality test and is selected, the sales of the existing suppliers may decrease in series.

Reporter So-ra Park (srpark@etnews.com)

Thu, 13 Oct 2022 21:19:00 -0500 en text/html https://english.etnews.com/20221014200001
Killexams : Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Stake Reduced by CWA Asset Management Group LLC

CWA Asset Management Group LLC cut its holdings in shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPLGet Rating) by 6.9% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most exact Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 415,722 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock after selling 30,745 shares during the period. Apple accounts for 5.3% of CWA Asset Management Group LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 2nd biggest position. CWA Asset Management Group LLC’s holdings in Apple were worth $56,838,000 as of its most exact SEC filing.

Several other hedge funds have also recently made changes to their positions in AAPL. Norges Bank purchased a new position in shares of Apple during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $25,228,507,000. Aaron Wealth Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Apple by 30,391.8% during the first quarter. Aaron Wealth Advisors LLC now owns 26,075,085 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock valued at $149,333,000 after purchasing an additional 25,989,570 shares in the last quarter. Capital Research Global Investors boosted its position in shares of Apple by 31.7% during the first quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 38,903,911 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock valued at $6,793,041,000 after purchasing an additional 9,354,484 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of Apple by 0.7% during the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,269,995,750 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock valued at $221,753,959,000 after purchasing an additional 8,734,393 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Swiss National Bank boosted its position in shares of Apple by 13.1% during the first quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 71,060,708 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock valued at $12,407,910,000 after purchasing an additional 8,230,300 shares in the last quarter. 57.72% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Apple Stock Performance

NASDAQ AAPL opened at $138.38 on Monday. The firm has a market cap of $2.22 trillion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.84, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.76 and a beta of 1.25. The company has a quick ratio of 0.82, a current ratio of 0.86 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.63. The business has a 50-day moving average price of $156.16 and a 200-day moving average price of $153.31. Apple Inc. has a twelve month low of $129.04 and a twelve month high of $182.94.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPLGet Rating) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 28th. The iPhone maker reported $1.20 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.14 by $0.06. Apple had a return on equity of 152.97% and a net margin of 25.71%. The company had revenue of $82.96 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $82.97 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.30 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 1.9% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, equities research analysts predict that Apple Inc. will post 6.11 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Apple Announces Dividend

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, August 11th. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 8th were paid a $0.23 dividend. This represents a $0.92 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.66%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, August 5th. Apple’s payout ratio is 15.18%.

Insider Activity

In other news, SVP Deirdre O’brien sold 176,299 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $142.16, for a total value of $25,062,665.84. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 136,290 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $19,374,986.40. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. In other news, SVP Deirdre O’brien sold 176,299 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $142.16, for a total value of $25,062,665.84. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 136,290 shares in the company, valued at $19,374,986.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, SVP Katherine L. Adams sold 25,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $164.77, for a total value of $4,119,250.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 427,334 shares in the company, valued at $70,411,823.18. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 298,034 shares of company stock valued at $46,105,704 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 0.06% of the company’s stock.

Analyst Ratings Changes

Several equities research analysts have commented on AAPL shares. Morgan Stanley dropped their target price on Apple from $185.00 to $180.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 20th. Monness Crespi & Hardt started coverage on Apple in a research note on Thursday, September 8th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $174.00 price target for the company. KeyCorp boosted their price target on Apple from $177.00 to $185.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, August 19th. Fundamental Research set a $177.07 price target on Apple and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 4th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein set a $170.00 price target on Apple in a research note on Monday, September 12th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, twenty-two have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Based on data from MarketBeat, the stock has a consensus rating of “Moderate Buy” and an average price target of $180.35.

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Apple Inc designs, manufactures, and markets smartphones, personal computers, tablets, wearables, and accessories worldwide. It also sells various related services. In addition, the company offers iPhone, a line of smartphones; Mac, a line of personal computers; iPad, a line of multi-purpose tablets; AirPods Max, an over-ear wireless headphone; and wearables, home, and accessories comprising AirPods, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, HomePod, and iPod touch.

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Sun, 16 Oct 2022 20:10:00 -0500 Defense World Staff en text/html https://www.defenseworld.net/2022/10/17/apple-inc-nasdaqaapl-stake-reduced-by-cwa-asset-management-group-llc.html
Killexams : Apple Vs. Microsoft Vs. Treasury Bonds: The Battle Of Safe Havens Round-3
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Introduction

Since my last update on the "Battle of Safe Havens" on 25th August 2022, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Treasury bonds have experienced a swift decline in price due to rapidly rising interest rates and a worsening macroeconomic environment.

Here's our past coverage of this intriguing battle:

Apple Microsoft performance

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Treasury rates

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In my previous note, I highlighted how slowing revenue growth and contracting margins at BigTech companies were making their valuations untenable in a rising interest rate environment. With the risk-free treasury rate (of 3.5-4%) higher than the free cash flow yield offered by so-called safe haven stocks like Apple and Microsoft, there is a lack of equity risk premium. This is a breach of the immutable laws of money.

With the 10-yr treasury at 4%, one could argue that high-quality businesses like Apple and Microsoft deserve a Price-to-Earnings multiple of ~20-25x (equity risk premium of 0-1%). And by this logic, Apple and Microsoft seem fairly valued right now.

Apple vs Microsoft Earning multiples

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However, evidence suggests that the 'E' (earning) could be about to contract in upcoming quarters. Last Friday, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) pre-announced its Q3 results, and it was an absolute shocker for investors. AMD is gaining share in the PC market, and still, its PC revenues (distributed across Client and Gaming business lines) are down significantly in Q3. Now, some customers might be waiting for AMD's upcoming Zen4 devices, but the slowdown in PC markets is pronounced.

AMD Q3 Preliminary Results

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As you may know, Apple and Microsoft have significant exposure to PC markets, and the pull forward from COVID could result in a sizeable hit to their topline in upcoming quarters. Before AMD, Micron (MU) and Nike (NKE) announced decent quarterly numbers, but an inventory problem is set to hurt margins in Q4 for both companies. With the Fed hellbent on fighting inflation, the threat of recession looms large. An earnings recession is coming, and even the likes of Apple and Microsoft are not immune to the broader economy. If (more like when) earnings estimates for Q4 and 2023 are revised lower, we will see another leg down in BigTech stocks (and, by extension, broader equity markets).

Despite significant valuation moderation, the near to medium-term risk/reward for Apple and Microsoft is still unfavorable for investors. Here are TQI's fair value estimates and projected returns for Apple and Microsoft:

Stock Price TQI Fair Value Estimate Next 5-yr CAGR Return (%)
Apple $140 $105.98 13.26%
Microsoft $234 $156.27 10.34%

Now, many DGI investors would happily accept double-digit CAGR returns, and if you are such an investor, buying Apple and Microsoft here is fine. At TQI, our investment hurdle rate is 15%, and since we are not getting that (just yet), I am still 'Neutral' on Apple and Microsoft.

What Do The Charts Tell Us?

Since Fed's hawkish pivot in Nov-21, broad market indices have entered a correction. In a rising interest rate environment, high-flying tech stocks have come under immense selling pressure. The Nasdaq-100 index [tracked by QQQ ETF (QQQ)] is re-testing June lows, and a breakdown of these lows could result in a decline to the pre-COVID range of $215-235 (for QQQ).

Nasdaq-100 index Moving Average

WeBull Desktop

Microsoft is a significant component of broad market indices like the QQQ and SPY, which means its price action tends to be similar to what we see in the broad market. Unfortunately, Microsoft has already broken below its June lows and is now looking nailed on to test the pre-COVID level of $210. My fair value estimate for Microsoft is only $156, and so, I am unlikely to turn into a buyer at $210, either. For now, Microsoft's stock is firmly entrenched in a downward falling wedge pattern, and I won't rule out a decline to the mid-100s. And that's where I would like to buy more MSFT shares.

MSFT moving average

WeBull Desktop

Apple is a bellwether stock, and while most tech stocks are falling in downward wedge patterns, Apple's stock chart is looking like a descending broadening wedge, which is a bullish continuation pattern.

AAPL moving average

WeBull Desktop

Technically, Apple is experiencing a correction, and it will likely move higher in the long term. However, in the near term, Apple looks set to re-test its June lows of $130, and if it breaks this key level, Apple could be headed down to its fair value of ~$105 (which is also the 200DMA level).

Considering the medium-term risk/reward [25-40% downside risk vs. 10-13% CAGR returns] for Apple and Microsoft, I rate both of them 'Neutral or Avoid or Hold' at current levels.

Bonds Are Now Looking Attractive

In order to fight persistently-high inflation, central banks across the globe have adopted quantitative tightening programs, which include interest rate hikes and liquidity withdrawal through balance sheet roll-off. The risk-free treasury rates in the US are now in the 3.5-4% range, and if the Fed sticks to its rate hike path, we could be headed even higher in 2023. After more than a decade, bonds are a real alternative to equities.

In the past, treasury yields have risen beyond the CPI inflation rate during periods of high inflation; however, this ongoing rate hike cycle may be close to peaking out as concerns around financial stability are growing and assets are deflating across the board.

Holding cash is not ideal if you plan to deploy this cash at a certain time in the future. And so parking it in highly-liquid, risk-free assets is a smart move. For those looking to invest in bonds, I want to share a Cash or Treasury management strategy.

A bond ladder is a collection of bonds with different maturities. Such an investment strategy is devised to get assured periodic cash flows. For example, we can invest in ten US treasury notes/bonds with a term length of 1, 2, 3, ... 10 years. Every year one bond matures, and that cash flow can be used as per need. For our investing operations at TQI, we are using T-bills such that one matures each month. In the case of our GARP portfolio, we had $45K (~43% of AUM) in cash that we planned to deploy over the next nine months. Here, we bought T-bills of $5K each with maturity/term lengths of 1 to 9 months. So, instead of $5K, we will have a somewhat greater amount to invest at the time of our planned bi-weekly capital deployments.

Building a bond ladder is simple, but if you have any questions, please share them in the comments section below.

Final Thoughts

We concluded our last update on "The Battle of Safe Havens" in the following manner:

According to the definition, a bear market ends with a 20% bounce off of lows, and we got this in exact weeks. Hence, by definition, the bear market is over, and a new bull market has started. However, I think it is still too early to call a bottom. A tighter monetary policy could lead to a growth slowdown and cause a recession. Despite the growing clamor for a Fed pivot, I still think inflation is too high, and the Fed will need to keep going for some time to come. The markets may go up with rates (as this has happened in the past), but these tightening cycles often lead to something breaking in the economy and eventually a crash in the stock market. Will this time be any different? I don't know.

I don't know where the market is headed next; nobody else knows either. The macro-environment remains challenging, and the Fed's QT [quantitative tightening] program is just getting started. With Apple and Microsoft trading at lofty valuations despite an evident slowdown in revenue growth and significant moderation in operating margins, I think the near to medium-term risk/reward from current levels is unfavorable for bulls. Yes, there are tons of opportunities in beaten-down growth stocks, but if the large caps get hit (in an earnings recession), the smaller cap stocks will likely continue to remain under pressure. Hence, I plan to stick with The Quantamental Investor's playbook for a bear market environment -

"Build long positions slowly using DCA plans, and manage risk proactively."

Source: Apple Vs. Microsoft Vs. Treasury Bonds: The Battle Of Safe Havens Round-2

How Are We Investing In These Uncertain Markets At The Quantamental Investor?

As we have seen in the "Battle of Safe Havens" series, traditional safe-haven stocks like Apple and Microsoft are not so safe for the near to medium term.

As of today, the entire June-August rally has been reversed, and it is fair to say this move was just another bear market rally. I have no idea where the market is headed next. So far, in this bear market, the selling has been very much measured. We haven't seen capitulation. Will the market (SPX) crash to $3,000 by year-end? I don't know. What I learned from Micron and Nike's results is that corporate earnings will come under severe pressure in upcoming quarters. Honestly, I think earnings will drive markets going forward because the multiple contraction is more or less complete (except for a few large-cap tech names like Apple, Microsoft, and Tesla (TSLA)). The top 10 S&P 500 companies are trading at 21-22x+ PE, whereas the remaining 490 are already at 13-14x PE.

Author's investment mandates

The Quantamental Investor

This is a very tricky market, but there are tons of incredible opportunities for individual stock investing. In all three of TQI's core portfolios [GARP, Buyback-Dividend, and Moonshot Growth], we are ready with cash (roughly 50% of AUM) if the opportunities improve. Our playbook for this bear market is simple - "Build long positions slowly using DCA plans, and manage risk proactively."

In the "Battle of Safe Havens", cash has been the winner so far; however, surging treasury rates are making treasury bonds a viable alternative to equities. If I had to choose between Apple, Microsoft, and the 2-yr treasury bond, I would go with the 2-yr treasury bond for the medium term.

Key Takeaway: I rate both Apple and Microsoft 'Neutral/Avoid/Hold' at current levels.

Thanks for reading, and happy investing. Please share your thoughts, questions, and/or concerns in the comments section below.

Mon, 10 Oct 2022 01:30:00 -0500 en text/html https://seekingalpha.com/article/4545593-apple-microsoft-treasury-bonds-safe-havens
Killexams : Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) review: It all adds up
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Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) offer mostly incremental updates from the first-gen AirPods Pro, but they add up to make these buds worthy successors — especially for iPhone users.

The first-generation AirPods Pro made a big splash as Apple’s flagship true wireless buds of choice. With such giant shoulders to stand on, the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) perhaps understandably don’t make too many changes to a wildly successful formula. With claims of improved active noise-cancelling (ANC), better battery life, and upgraded sound quality, these buds promise incremental yet impactful enhancements, all while sticking with a familiar look.

Do the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) make enough improvements to be worthy successors?

This Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) review comes from the audio experts at our sister site SoundGuys. Check out their in-depth take on the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation).

Who are the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) for?

  • iPhone users get the full AirPods Pro (2nd generation) experience, including support for Find My, Personalized Spatial Audio, optimized battery life, and more.

What’s it like to use Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)?

The AirPods Pro 2 sitting outside their case on a wooden surface.

Zak Khan / Android Authority

Though the first and second-generation AirPods Pro earbuds look nearly identical, there are minor differences.

The AirPods Pro (2nd generation) include new extra small ear tips along with the usual small, medium, and large tips. If you have narrow ear canal openings, this will be a boon for comfort and isolation.

The charging case also looks similar to the first-generation AirPods Pro’s case, but it too has some changes. Both the earbuds and the case now have an IPX4 rating. That means splashes, drips, and even light rain shouldn’t be a concern. You’ll also find a lanyard loop in the box to attach the case to a belt or bag. Finally, a speaker on the case can emit a sound to help you find it and emit tones once Bluetooth pairing is complete or the battery is low.

Apple didn't drastically change the design of the AirPods Pro (2nd generation), but there are some slight tweaks.

You won’t notice major changes when using these earphones daily, either. The AirPods Pro (2nd generation) have the same stemmed design as the first-gen AirPods Pro. They can sometimes catch on hair, masks, and other items, but that’s a minor annoyance with almost all stemmed earbuds.

Overall there aren’t any drastic design differences between the first- and second-generation AirPods Pro, which is fine. Apple didn’t need to reinvent the wheel here.

How do you control Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)?

Another small upgrade to the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) comes in the form of swipe controls. The first-generation AirPods Pro let you tap and squeeze the buds, but that’s it. With the introduction of swipe controls on the second-gen AirPods Pro, you can now adjust the volume without reaching for your phone or asking Siri. Many other earbuds like the Nothing Ear 1 already do this, but this is a welcome update nonetheless.

Besides that, you’ll find the standard set of controls we’ve come to expect from AirPods:

INPUT (stems) ACTION

One press

Play/pause/answer call

Two presses

Next track

Three presses

Previous track

Press and hold

Toggle ANC/Adaptive Transparency modes

Swipe up/down

Increase/decrease volume

"Hey Siri"

Change volume, request directions, playback control, receive messages, and more

Additionally, you can take advantage of the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) automatic play/pause feature. Taking the earbuds out will automatically stop playback, and inserting them again will resume playback. If you have ANC or transparency mode enabled, these will turn off when your remove the buds, too. Plus, we found that the skin sensor helps ensure playback doesn’t resume if you’ve stashed the buds in a pocket or bag.

Is there an app for the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)?

You can use the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) as Bluetooth earbuds on Android and other devices, but you won’t have every feature available. Apple is known for building a walled garden, and a part of that approach means the only real “app” for the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) is the Settings app on iOS and iPadOS. Furthermore, you’ll need an Apple device around to install firmware updates.

The Settings app gives you access to the ear tip fit test, which is handy for ensuring you get a proper seal from the earbuds. You can also choose the ANC mode (on/off or transparency), customize the touch-and-hold action, and rename the buds. You can select either the left or right bud’s mic to use during phone calls if you want. Still, we recommend leaving this set to “Automatically Switch AirPods” unless you’re having issues.

The iPhone Settings menu effectively functions as the AirPods Pro (2nd generation)'s app — that's bad news for Android users.

This is also where you can access Audio Sharing so you and another person with Apple headphones can listen to tunes from the same audio source. To do this, open the Control Center and tap on the media player to enlarge it. Then, you can choose to stream audio to both your AirPods and another pair.

As for Find My support, that’s all controlled by the separate Find My app. The AirPods Pro (2nd generation) will automatically link to the Find My app after your pair them. The ultra-wideband chip in the case makes it slightly easier to find the case itself, while Find My can also track each bud. As mentioned before, a speaker in the case will also sound to help you locate it. Here’s what that sounds like:

How do the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) connect?

The AirPods Pro 2 case open next an iPhone 13 sitting on a wooden surface.

Zak Khan / Android Authority

The AirPods Pro (2nd generation) get an upgrade to Bluetooth 5.3 — a nice but of future-proofing over the first-gen AirPods Pros’ Bluetooth 5.0. That means the new AirPods should support LE Audio down the line, though that’s unconfirmed at the time of this writing. In the meantime, the second-gen AirPods Pro still only support the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. On iOS devices, you’ll enjoy high-quality, low-latency audio. Using the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) on Android is less than ideal, as the optimization isn’t as good.

A further incremental update in the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) is the move from Apple’s custom H1 chip to the H2 chip. According to Apple, it supports “high bandwidth connectivity,” which isn’t quite lossless, but it appears to be getting close.

How to pair AirPods Pro (2nd generation) to an iPhone:

The H2 chip also makes it simple to connect your AirPods Pro (2nd generation) to an iPhone:

  1. Unlock your iPhone and open Settings.
  2. Tap Bluetooth and turn it on (it’ll turn green).
  3. Open the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) case near your iPhone.
  4. A pop-up will appear where you can tap Connect.

You also get automatic device switching between Apple devices courtesy of the H2 chip. Plus, your AirPods will automatically sync with your iCloud account.

How to pair AirPods Pro (2nd generation) to an Android phone:

Connecting the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with an Android device is a lot more basic:

  1. Unlock your Android phone, then go to Settings > Connected Devices > Bluetooth.
  2. Open the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) case near your phone.
  3. Press and hold the pairing button on the case and wait for your phone to discover the AirPods Pro (2nd generation).
  4. Tap on the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) to pair them.

How long does the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) battery last?

Apple claims another benefit of the H2 chip is improved battery life thanks to improved efficiency. Once more, this is a small upgrade, with our tests getting five hours, 43 minutes from the AirPods Pro (2nd generation). That falls just short of Apple’s official claim of six hours, but it is indeed longer than the five hours we got with the first-gen AirPods Pro.

The charging case uses Lightning (a continued annoyance), Qi, MagSafe, or an Apple Watch charging mat to recharge. Using the case, you can get up to 24 hours of listening time, or 19 hours, 30 minutes of talk time. It supports fast charging, too, and you can get 60 minutes of playback time after just five minutes in the case. These are pretty typical values for earbud battery life overall.

In a neat touch, in tandem with an iPhone, the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) can learn your listening habits and only charge to 80% until just before you typically use them. Only then will it will top them up to 100%. This battery health management should help preserve battery life in the long term.

How well do the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) cancel noise?

A chart depicts the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) noise cancelling and isolation performances; the former is very effective when you get a good seal.

Lily Katz / Android Authority

Perhaps the most significant selling point of the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) and the largest promised upgrade from Apple is better ANC — and they deliver on that promise. As you can see in the chart above, the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) do a great job at handling noise. This kind of performance puts them right up there with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, and they handily trounce the first-generation AirPods Pro.

As usual, to get the best experience possible, you must find ear tips that fit well. There is an ear tip fit test in iOS to help with this.

Another upgrade Apple touted in its release announcement is Adaptive Transparency, which relies on the H2 chip. When enabled, Adaptive Transparency allows background noises to reach your ears until the earbuds detect harsh, loud noises such as construction work. And it works well in our experience; these sounds are still audible but aren’t nearly as intense.

How good do the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) sound?

A chart depicts the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) and AirPods Pro (1st generation) frequency responses, revealing the newer pair has a louder bass response.

Lily Katz / Android Authority

There are no major upsets regarding the AirPods Pro (2nd generation)’s sound quality. Sure, you can see a slight drop-off in the high notes in the frequency response graph above, but most people won’t mind this.

The buds also benefit from the Adaptive EQ feature (which the first-gen AirPods Pro also have). It is always on and constantly adjusts the earbuds’ sound depending on how they fit, the shape of your ears, and the environment around you.

The AirPods Pro (2nd generation) still sound good, just like their predecessors.

If you really strain to listen, in songs like Harry Styles’ “As It Was,” you can notice that the cymbals are slightly quieter than expected. Still, Styles’ vocals sound great, and so does the guitar. It’s not technically perfect, though you’ll likely only notice if you have sensitive hearing or are in a quiet room. Meanwhile, songs like “Why” by Dominic Fike retain their fun, dancing beats just fine while the vocals come through clear.

Do the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) sound better than the AirPods Pro (1st generation)?

Apple claimed in its press release that the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) have improved sound compared to the AirPods Pro (1st generation). Again, the differences are minor here. though in our tests we noticed a slightly greater bass boost from the second-generation AirPods Pro.

Apple also says a new low-distortion driver and custom amplifier power the AirPods Pro (2nd generation). The newer AirPods Pro definitely do have lower total harmonic distortion, but you likely won’t notice a difference overall.

Note that neither model has a true custom equalizer. Apple Music lets you choose from some presets, but that’s it.

How do you set up Spatial Audio on the AirPods Pro (2nd generation)?

While the announcement of Personalized Spatial Audio came with the release of the AirPods Pro (2nd generation), it’s actually part of the updated standard itself in iOS 16 and above. Therefore, you don’t strictly need the latest AirPods for it to work. You can also use the feature with the AirPods Max and AirPods (3rd generation) along with the first-generation AirPods Pro.

“Personalized” means taking pictures of your ears using the iPhone’s “TrueDepth” camera to optimize the technology for you. That’s similar to what the Sony 360 Reality Audio spatial audio implementation does, too. You will find the option to scan your ears, as seen in the screenshots above, in Settings > AirPods Pro > Personalized Spatial Audio.

Spatial Audio works both with compatible media files and during FaceTime calls. We found the latter a bit disorienting, though your experience may differ.

If you want to try Spatial Audio for yourself, it’s pretty simple to activate:

  1. Open the Control Center on your iPhone (pull down from the top-right corner).
  2. Tap and hold the volume control.
  3. Two options will appear at the bottom of the screen. Tap the right circle for Spatial Audio.
  4. Supported streaming services using Dolby Atmos, like Apple Music or Tidal, will allow for Spatial Audio, while unsupported services like Spotify get “Spatialize Stereo.” This is a simulated spatial audio effect that won’t be quite the full experience.
  5. Choose “Off,” “Fixed,” or “Head tracked” to select the type of listening experience you want.

Can you use the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) for phone calls?

The AirPods Pro 2 with one earbud sitting outside their case on a wooden surface with the case nearby.

Zak Khan / Android Authority

The microphone array in the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) is a bit of a nuanced change. In ideal conditions, the earbuds do a good job of capturing voices. Things get dicier when wind and other background sounds come into play. As you can hear in our demo recording of “Office conditions” below at around the 0:16 mark, and in the “Windy conditions” recording in general, your voice may get cut out along with the noise.

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) microphone demo (Ideal conditions):

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) microphone demo (Office conditions):

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) microphone demo (Street conditions):

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) microphone demo (Windy conditions):

You can tell us in the poll below what you think of the mic in AirPods Pro (2nd generation).

How does the microphone sound to you?

29 votes

Do the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) have a better mic than the AirPods Pro (1st generation)?

Technically, you get better performance than the AirPods Pro (1st generation). However, you sacrifice accurate voice reproduction to get it. So, the other party in a call may hear less background noise at the expense of hearing less of you. For comparison, you can listen to demo street and office recordings from the first-gen AirPods Pro to hear for yourself.

Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation) microphone demo (Street conditions):

Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation) microphone demo (Windy conditions):

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) review: The verdict

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen.)

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen.)

Improved ANC • Various ear tips • Decent battery

Better ANC and battery life for the AirPods Pro 2nd generation.

The second generation of AirPods Pro earbuds perform better than the first version. Apple improved the active noise canceling, and the last SoC brings new and upgraded features.

While the updates to the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) are mostly incremental, they add up to ensure the second-gen AirPods Pro are worth successors. Most notably, the ANC is better than the first gen buds, which is easily their biggest draw. If you own an iPhone and haven’t got a pair of earbuds, then the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) will slide into your life nicely and sync beautifully with the rest of the Apple ecosystem.

The AirPods Pro (2nd generation) make minor but welcome changes to the AirPods Pro formula.

Still, the first-generation AirPods Pro aren’t obsolete. Apple may not directly sell them anymore, but you can find them at a discount on places like Amazon. And if you already own a pair, you’ll still get many of the same features via software updates, such as Personalized Spatial Audio and battery life optimization. You’ll just have to live with worse active noise-cancelling.

How do the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) compare to other AirPods?

The AirPods (2nd generation) on top of an iPad and next to the Google Pixel 3.

Zak Khan / Android Authority

As you’ve likely gathered, the first- and second-generation AirPods Pro are pretty similar. The second-generation AirPods Pro give you better ANC and the H2 and U1 chips, along with the “high-excursion Apple driver.” The charging case is also different, with a small speaker and a lanyard loop to help you find it. In contrast, the second– and third-generation non-pro AirPods earbuds don’t seal to your ears. That means external noises could impact your listening experience. Below is a chart to help you see all these differences side-by-side, or check out our in-depth comparison between the third-gen AirPods and second-gen AirPods Pro for more info:

Apple AirPods (1st generation) Apple AirPods (2nd generation) Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation) Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

Size (earbud)

Apple AirPods (1st generation)

40.5 x 16.5 x 18 mm

Apple AirPods (2nd generation)

40.5 x 16.5 x 18 mm

Apple AirPods (3rd generation)

30.8 x 18.3 x 19.2 mm

Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation)

30.9 x 21.8 x 24 mm

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

30.9 x 21.8 x 24 mm

Weight (earbud)

Apple AirPods (1st generation)

4g

Apple AirPods (2nd generation)

4g

Apple AirPods (3rd generation)

4.3g

Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation)

5.4g

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

5.3g

Size (case)

Apple AirPods (1st generation)

44.3 x 21.3 x 53.5 mm

Apple AirPods (2nd generation)

44.3 x 21.3 x 53.5 mm

Apple AirPods (3rd generation)

46.4 x 21.4 x 54.4 mm

Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation)

45.2 x 60.6 x 21.7 mm

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

45.2 x 60.6 x 21.7 mm

IP certification (buds)

Apple AirPods (1st generation)

N/A

Apple AirPods (2nd generation)

N/A

Apple AirPods (3rd generation)

IPX4

Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation)

IPX4

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

IPX4

Fit type

Apple AirPods (1st generation)

Open

Apple AirPods (2nd generation)

Open

Apple AirPods (3rd generation)

Open

Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation)

Sealed (three ear tip sizes)

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

Sealed (four ear tip sizes)

Bluetooth

Apple AirPods (1st generation)

SBC, AAC; Bluetooth 4.2

Apple AirPods (2nd generation)

SBC, AAC; Bluetooth 5.0

Apple AirPods (3rd generation)

SBC, AAC; Bluetooth 5.0

Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation)

SBC, AAC; Bluetooth 5.0

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

SBC, AAC; Bluetooth 5.3

Active noise cancellation

Apple AirPods (1st generation)

No

Apple AirPods (2nd generation)

No

Apple AirPods (3rd generation)

No

Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation)

Hybrid ANC

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

Hybrid ANC

Wireless charging available?

Apple AirPods (1st generation)

No

Apple AirPods (2nd generation)

Yes, with wireless charging case

Apple AirPods (3rd generation)

Yes, compatible with Qi and MagSafe,

Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation)

Yes, compatible with Qi and MagSafe (2021)

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

Yes, compatible with Qi, MagSafe, and Apple Watch chargers

Chipset

Apple AirPods (1st generation)

W1

Apple AirPods (2nd generation)

H1

Apple AirPods (3rd generation)

H1

Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation)

H1

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

H2 (earbuds)
U1 (case)

Touch controls

Apple AirPods (1st generation)

Yes

Apple AirPods (2nd generation)

Yes

Apple AirPods (3rd generation)

Yes, with force sensor

Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation)

Yes, with force sensor

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

Yes, with force sensor and swipes

Connector

Apple AirPods (1st generation)

Lightning

Apple AirPods (2nd generation)

Lightning

Apple AirPods (3rd generation)

Lightning

Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation)

Lightning

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

Lightning

Battery life (75dB SPL)

Apple AirPods (1st generation)

3.45 hours

Apple AirPods (2nd generation)

4.175 hours

Apple AirPods (3rd generation)

6.35 hours

Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation)

5.1125 hours

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

TBD

Original price (USD)

Apple AirPods (1st generation)

(Discontinued)

Apple AirPods (2nd generation)

$159 USD, $199 USD with wireless charging case

Apple AirPods (3rd generation)

$179 USD

Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation)

$249 USD

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

$249 USD

Are the Beats Fit Pro better than the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)?

Beats Fit Pro noise cancelling true wireless earbuds inside the case, showing different ear tip sizes.

Lily Katz / Android Authority

The Beats Fit Pro ($199), from Apple’s other brand of earbuds, aim for a slightly different market. The Beats Fit Pro come in at under $200 — $50 less than the AirPods Pro (2nd generation). Gym rats will appreciate their hooked design and the Beats Fit Pro play much more nicely with Android phones.

As for sound, the Beats Fit Pro amp up bass notes slightly more than the AirPods Pro (2nd generation). That makes sense given they’re workout earbuds, though both have the same drop-off in treble notes.

The AirPods Pro (2nd generation) have slightly better and more consistent ANC than the Beats Fit Pro, but both are quite good performers in this regard. The Beats Fit Pro also have Personalized Spatial Audio on iOS 16 and above, in-ear detection, and an IPX4 rating. But only the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) have an IPX4-rated case.

What are the best Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) alternatives?

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Galaxy Z Flip 4

Robert Triggs / Android Authority

After looking at all the updates to the AirPods Pro (2nd generation), you might decide they aren’t for you — especially if you’re an Android user. That’s no big deal; there are lots of other options.

There’s always the long-reigning monarch of ANC earbuds, the Sony WF-1000XM4 ($279), if you want comparable noise-cancelling, comfort, and build quality. Plus, the Sony Headphone Connect app works on both iOS and Android, and the earbuds support the LDAC, AAC, and SBC Bluetooth codecs. They do cost around $30 more than the AirPods Pro (2nd generation), but you can often find them on sale for less than Apple’s buds. You can try the Sony Linkbuds S ($179) if the XM4s are too pricey.

Android users have their own platform-tailored options, too. The Google Pixel Buds Pro ($199) are less than $200 and provide you tight smartphone integration with Google Assistant support. They also have a water-resistant case and earbuds, much like the AirPods Pro (2nd generation). Their ANC is quite good, plus you get Bluetooth multipoint.

We’d be remiss to omit the other big walled garden: Samsung. The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro ($229) have some of the best ANC around these days, and everyone from commuters to workers and casual listeners will appreciate it. They are a bit more bass boosted than we’d like, but not by a lot. And you get all sorts of bells and whistles just like the AirPods Pro (2nd generation), including spatial audio and automatic device switching — as long as you have a Samsung device.

Top Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) questions and answers

Yes, as long as you have an Apple Music account. To use spatial audio with an Android phone, do the following:

  1. Open the Apple Music app.
  2. Tap More (three vertical dots).
  3. Tap on the Settings tab.
  4. Toggle Dolby Atmos on.

The AirPods Pro (2nd generation) have some accessibility features. “Conversation Boost” can amplify voices in front of you, while “Headphone Accommodations” can amplify certain frequencies to help you hear more clearly. And “Live Listen” can help you hear someone speaking in an auditorium for class lectures or work conferences. You will need an iPhone to use these features.

Apple offers six free months of Apple Music when you buy AirPods, a HomePod Mini, or specific Beats headsets. This only applies to new subscribers.

Here’s a list of devices eligible for six free months of Apple Music upon purchase:

  • AirPods Pro series
  • AirPods (2nd and 3rd generation)
  • AirPods Max
  • HomePod
  • HomePod mini
  • Beats Fit Pro
  • Beats Studio Buds
  • Beats Powerbeats
  • Beats Powerbeats Pro
  • Beats Solo Pro

No, but they are water resistant with an IPX4 rating. That means they should withstand light contact with water, such as drips and splashes.

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