Pocketnow Daily: INSANE Galaxy S22 Ultra Camera, iPhone 13 Dummy Leaks & more.. (video)

On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the camera in the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, iPhone 13 leaks, and more.

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Pocketnow Daily: MAJOR Galaxy Z Fold/Z Flip Leaks, iPhone Flip Timeline & more! (video)

On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the latest leaks of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, the Galaxy Z Flip 3, and more.

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Facebook and Instagram have already begun to test Apple’s patience with new practices

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Facebook is trying to goad users into accepting ad tracking by telling them that it’s essential to keeping the app free.

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Apple updates Clips to add fun AR Spaces using iPhone 12 Pro’s LiDAR sensor

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Apple’s Clips app that allows users to create videos using filters, emojis, and a host of other fun effects has received an update (v3.1). The app now takes advantage of the LiDAR sensor on the iPhone 12 Pro duo and iPad Pro to create cool AR effects that overlay on your surroundings to make your videos look more fun and immersive. These filters come to life courtesy of a new feature in the app called AR Spaces. Following are the seven new AR Spaces that have been added to the Clips app:

Prism: Ribbons of rainbow light scan the walls, floors, and objects in a room.
Confetti: Celebratory bursts of confetti fall and accumulate on flat surfaces.
Disco: Shining lights reflect off the disco ball that hangs from the ceiling of the space.
Dance Floor: Colorful tiles of light dance in patterns across the floor.
Sparkles: Golden sparkle emoji and white glitter fill the space.
Stardust: Magical trails of starlight encircle and follow a person in the video.
Hearts: Floating heart balloons bubble up within the space.

AR Spaces clips

“Combined with the tight integration of Apple’s hardware and software, Clips 3.1 now enables users to record amazing videos with magical effects that map to the shape of a room and the objects within it,” says Apple in the official newsroom post. The company adds that the LiDAR sensor on supported iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro models first scans a room and then shows a live preview of the filter that appears as an overlay over surrounding elements such as walls, objects, and the floor.

More AR Spaces will be added to the Clips app down the road

Adding more details about the AR Spaces, Apple says that the Clips app employs what it calls AR segmentation and occlusion to identify the subject and then applies the filters around them. Users can choose to add more elements such as stickers, labels, and emojis over the AR Spaces to make their videos even more appealing, irrespective of the aspect ratio and orientation they are recorded in. The company also promises that more AR filters will be added to the Clips app in the foreseeable future, and users can now choose to be notified when new content arrives in the app.

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iOS 14.5 is out with AirTags support, App Tracking Transparency and Siri upgrades

Apple has just released the iOS 14.5 update via the stable channel. Almost all the features that arrive with the latest update have already been documented during the beta testing phase. In case you missed the coverage, here is a quick rundown of everything new that iOS 14.5 brings to the table:

So, Apple received some criticism over the unlocking mechanism on iPhones as Face ID simply didn’t work with masks. Thanks to iOS 14.5, there is now a way to avoid the annoyance, as users can now unlock their iPhone with an Apple Watch. However, you need an iPhone X or a later model with Face ID, and the Apple Watch Series 3 or a successor to take advantage of the feature.

iOS 14.5 new features
App Tracking Transparency and reporting feature in Maps is here.

One of the biggest changes to arrive with iOS 14.5 is App Tracking Transparency, which makes it mandatory for apps to take explicit permission from users for tracking them. Users will have a choice if they want to see personalized ads and have their activities tracked. The update also adds support for the AirTag object tracker that Apple launched earlier this month.

Moreover, dual-SIM 5G support has finally arrived for the iPhone 12 series phones. With iOS 14.5, Siri now lets you choose from a total of four voices, and it now sounds more natural, thanks to Neural Text to Speech technology. Plus, the AI assistant can also start group FaceTime video calls, and gains support for announcing incoming calls via compatible audio devices such as AirPods and Beats branded headphones.

Airtag red keychain
iOS 14.5 adds support for AirTag object tracker

Additionally, Apple Maps will now allow users to report an accident, speed check, and hazards they come across during their journey. When navigation mode is enabled on iPhone or CarPlay, users can simply summon Siri and utter relevant voice commands such as “Hey Siri, there’s a crash ahead.” Users can also do the job of reporting manually using the new Report an Issue feature in Maps.

Listed below are a few other changes introduced by iOS 14.5:

* Apple Podcasts gets redesigned show pages to make it easier to start listening, as well as an option to save and download episodes so they are automatically added to Library for quick access. Top Charts, categories, and curated collections on the Search tab help listeners discover new shows.
* Apple News features a redesigned News+ tab, making it easier for subscribers to quickly find, download, and manage magazine and newspaper issues, and an all-new Search experience helps all Apple News users find relevant topics, channels, and stories.
* Apple Fitness+ users can now stream audio and video to AirPlay 2-enabled TVs and devices.
* Reminders adds the ability to sort by title, priority, due date, or creation date, and offers the option to print reminder lists.
* Voice Control for Accessibility gives users comprehensive navigation with just their voice, and is now expanding English support to Australia and Canada and adding support for Spanish in Mexico, Spain, and the United States.

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I have no interest in the new iPad Pro, iMac, or AirTags

Earlier this week, Apple announced a bunch of new stuff on a video live stream. We’ve got new commercials for Apple TV shows, a purple iPhone, Podcast stuff, an Apple TV remote that actually makes sense, some AirTags, new iMacs, and a new iPad Pro. 

AirTags 

The first really new Apple product for 2021 was the AirTags, and I immediately said, “Welcome to 2013!”  AirTags are little battery-powered Bluetooth things that connect to your iPhone and help the iPhone’s “Find My” software keep track of the locations of the tags. Sounds familiar because these kinds of things have been around for many years. A company called Tile was one of the first to release this type of gadget back in 2013.

Nokia released a similar Nokia Treasure Tag in early 2014 that had similar functionality. I had a bunch of Nokia Treasure Tags attached to my Nokia Lumia 1020 and they certainly worked as advertised… just the same as today’s Apple AirTags. I stopped using them after getting a new phone because they were kind of a hassle. I mean, how many batteries do I have to keep around and keep replacing? Sure, the removable battery can be replaced pretty quickly, but still, it’s another thing to manage, and I never lost anything while I was using the Treasure Tags anyway. So what’s the point? It costs more cognitive energy paying attention to the battery levels of all of these tags than it costs to remember where whatever it’s attached to is in the first place.  

iMac 

The new iMacs are bringing back a rainbow of color options like the original iMac had in 1998. It has Apple’s new M1 processor, an extra thin form factor, and it comes in 7 colors. That’s cool and all, but the front has a big pastel-colored chin and a white bezel that looks really bad to me. What’s more, is that the white bezel is going to interfere with your white balance perception since that will reflect the color temperature of your ambient lighting instead of the color temperature of the display.  Looks like the display is still pretty reflective too, so glare will still be a problem. That’s not so good for creative professionals.  

Having the computer really thin is nice I guess, but how much does that really matter?  The stand is still pretty thick, so it’s not going to save a whole lot of desk space. Maybe it makes the iMac easier to move, but if I’m going to put a computer on a desk, that’s probably where it’s going to stay until I replace it. That being said, I have seen iMacs that need replacing kind of frequently, so maybe that is a good thing since we’ve had to carry them to the car and then to the Apple store for repair kind of often. That’s in contrast to the HP workstation where a repair person just comes to the office and replaces parts right there under warranty the next morning.  

iPad Pro 

Apple’s new Center Stage feature for video calls on the iPad Pro is probably the most impressive feature, but again… “Welcome to 2010, Apple!” This awesome feature was something that first appeared 11 years ago in Video Kinect for Xbox. Honestly, it makes way more sense having this feature plugged into a big screen TV than it does an iPad. You’ll need to set the iPad on a stand to make any use of it, and as you move away the people on the screen will look so much smaller. With Xbox Kinect and a big TV, I could walk around the whole room and the video call camera would follow me beautifully.  It was even cooler when the person on the other end had the same thing in their living room… we could both walk around doing other stuff and it was like there was a camera crew focusing on our faces on the TV.  

The iPad Pro does have a new mini-LED display now that’s supposed to display color better, but it’s still a glossy screen that’s going to have a lot of glare when using it in real life. Apple’s video looks to be extremely processed to remove or hide the glare of the environment completely. It looks super fake because it is. That’s not how the screen is going to look in real life.  

I’ve never thought that the iPad Pro deserved the “Pro” moniker. It’s not great for creative pro stuff anyway. See “13 Reasons why I don’t use an iPad Pro & Apple Pencil for graphic design“. The M1 processor and 16GB of RAM options in the new iPad Pro seem like kind of a waste since it won’t run really high-end programs like those available on macOS. 

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YouTube app makes it easier to save data with new video quality controls

I’ve often found myself accidentally burning through my daily mobile data quota after watching a few high-resolution YouTube videos, oblivious of the fact I wasn’t hooked to a Wi-Fi network, but cellular data. Yes, the app has offered an option to restrict video quality to sub-HD resolutions when using mobile data, but it is not easily accessible. That is finally getting solved with what appears to be a server-side update for the YouTube mobile app that adds new video quality controls. 

The Settings page now has a more detailed 'video quality preferences' section

Now, when you tap on the quality option while watching videos in the YouTube mobile app, you’ll now see a different layout. Instead of the long list of video resolutions available from 144p and all the way to 4K, you’ll now be three presets – Auto, Higher Picture Quality, and Data Saver. However, you can still manually specify the video resolution by tapping on the Advanced option at the bottom.

youtube app resolution controls

Talking about the new video quality controls, the ‘data saver’ preset appears to max out at 480p resolution, while the ‘higher picture quality’ option reaches the 720p mark on mobile data. You can customize these video quality settings separately for mobile data and Wi-Fi, so that you don’t have to tinker with the resolution controls every time you switch the mode of connectivity.

youtube video quality preferences

You can still manually specify the video resolution by tapping on the Advanced option

If you think these new presets are not up to the mark,  you can always open the ‘Advanced’ option to manually specify the video resolution. I’ve already got the new interface in the YouTube app on my Google Pixel 4a, but it doesn’t appear to be live on my secondary OPPO phone yet. If you’re yet to see the new settings, make sure you’ve updated the YouTube app to its latest version. And just in case you’re wondering, these new video quality controls are available on both Android and iOS versions of the YouTube mobile app.

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Pocketnow Daily: MAJOR iPad OS/iOS 15 Updates! Pixel 5a Screw Up & more.. (video)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, Pixel 4 and OnePlus smartphones are on sale

The M1 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini are also on sale today

The official news today begin with deals, and don’t forget we’ve got time stamps below in case you want to skip this for what’s happening today. Let’s start with OnePlus, which is really making a case for you to buy the 8 Series, probably more than even their own 9 series. Starting with the fact that they have the 8 Pro for 300 dollars off its original price tag, leaving it at 699 for the entry level variant and you get free Buds Z in white. Those Buds Z are actually pretty good by the way. They are also running a Flash Sale on the Nord Series where you can get the N10 for 279 and the N100 for 170 bucks, and it finishes on the 27th. Moving on to Amazon, the Google Pixel 4 is available for 300 dollars off its original price, leaving the entry level model for 496. If you want a foldable, Amazon has the Galaxy Z Fold 2 renewed for 1486 and I mean, if you do the math that’s actually a solid deal with how Amazon guarantees that program. We have more deals on other Samsung smartphones, Macs, iPads and more in the links in the description.

Samsung might give Galaxy S20 FE a new lease of life with chip upgrade

Let’s move on to Samsung as, the company is making an interesting move with the Galaxy S20 FE. We know that Sammy found success with this phone thanks to the decent specs and the price tag and they want to add to that. According to a new report from WinFuture, Samsung might start equipping the S20 FE with the 4G version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, swapping out the Exynos 990 that originally powered it, cause I guess they heard there isn’t much love for that chip, period. The report even mentions the new model number and actually, Samsung has already updated some of their European websites with this model number, hinting that the launch will happen some time soon. The rest of the specifications will remain the same as the Exynos S20 FE but they might add a SKU with more storage for around 600 Euros. We’ll keep you posted on when they make the changes and, while Samsung is doing this for an older phone, wait for the a few segments because Google is doing the complete opposite, and guys it doesn’t look good.

iPhone 13 Mini prototype shown in alleged hands-on image, but we have doubts

Moving the spotlight on to Cupertino real quick before we talk about them again for the hottest news, and this time about the iPhone 13 mini. You’d think that the report on low sales would kill a future generation, but we know Apple is famous for liking to play the long game. So yeah, those other reports of Apple stopping production of the 12 mini aren’t going anywhere with that new purple color that just launched, and now these rumors. This picture comes from a tipster on Weibo, showing off that design that was leaked in CAD renders last week in the Blue color variant where the 2 cameras now sit across from each other inside the stove. Of course at the moment these are still prototypes and Apple could simply just choose to not go on with this design but, a ton of tipsters have been talking about this design and these prototypes just give it a bit of more credibility. We’ll see what we get as, it definitely doesn’t look bad but again, it depends on who you ask.

Android 12 code hints that Pixel 5a 5G will use the same chip as its predecessor

Now, let’s talk about Google and the Pixel 5a on an.. Interesting turn of events. Let me just start by saying I’m struggling to call this a 5a any more. So, a couple of weeks ago we found out that the Pixel 5a will be coming some time during the Fall and it will only be available in the US and Japan. Well, now we have a new report from 9to5Google that claims that Barbet aka the Pixel 5a will be using a processor identified by the number “SM7250” which is a reference to the Snapdragon 765G. And I mean there’s nothing wrong with the 765G but, it’s also the processor that powered the show for the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5, and if the phone will look exactly like last year’s phone, I mean, wouldn’t this technically be the same 4a 5G? Like, I’m curious to see how Google plans to differentiate these phones. Why even bother to announce anything if that precise phone can currently be purchased in the market. Gotta hand it to Google for the weird decisions all the time.

Story of the day:

Apple readying big changes for notifications in iOS 15, Home Screen overhaul for iPads

But Finally, for the hottest news today let’s talk about Apple, WWDC, and iOS. If you didn’t watch our video on the Spring Loaded Event I highly recommend you do as I went into detail on how these new iPads don’t really make sense right now, unless of course, WWDC changes things dramatically, and that’s what the news is about. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Cupertino is planning to overhaul notifications for iOS 15 and they are also preparing a major overhaul for the iPad’s Home Screen with iPadOS 15. Starting with iOS 15 apparently they want to let you customize notifications depending on your situation, with modes like sleep, driving or working, and you will choose if you want an audible alert or not. Apparently this would work through a menu in the control center, letting you create your scenarios. But fine, for the major news, let’s move on to iPadOS. Bloomberg claims that this will be the biggest overhaul to the Home Screen in over a decade. Apparently Apple will finally add widgets to the Home Screen which was just ridiculous before, letting you replace the entire grid with your widgets of choice. Finally, the report also mentions some big changes for iMessage, for it to compete with WhatsApp by adding some sort of social media aspect to it. You know what the problem is? No word on supporting Pro apps, AKA, what the Mac has, which technically should happen. So far a home screen overhaul seems boring and overdue.
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Apple will release iOS 14.5 update with AirTag support next week

Apple finally launched its long-delayed AirTag object tracker earlier today. There was not much of a surprise element there, as leaks had already given us a glimpse of what they look like and also revealed some of their key capabilities. But they’re finally here, and it’s a big deal for folks who have been awaiting its arrival patiently for years. However, the announcement also marked Apple revealing the release window for iOS 14.5 update that adds support for Apple’s object tracker. Curious? As per Apple, iOS 14.5 update will be rolled out next week.

“AirTag requires iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 14.5 or later, or iPad running iPadOS 14.5 or later. These software updates will be available starting next week. Customers must have an Apple ID and be signed into their iCloud account. Certain features require Find My to be enabled in iCloud settings,” Apple said in its press release. Once the update arrives, users will be able to link the AirTag with their device using the Find My app. Once the linking is done using the iCloud account, AirTag taps into the global Find My network to track your belongings.

airtag in action

Made out of stainless steel, the Apple-branded object tracker is also IP67-certified for dust and water resistance. AirTags are priced at $29 a pop, however, you can save some cash if you purchase the 4-pack that costs $99. They will be up for grabs starting Friday on April 30, just a few days before the rollout of iOS 14.5 begins via the stable channel.

In addition to adding support for AirTag, iOS 14.5 will also add a ton of useful features, some of which have already been spotted in action via the beta updates. One of them is ‘Unlock with Apple Watch’ that allows users to unlock their iPhone using an Apple Watch, saving them the trouble of removing face masks for Face ID to do its trick. Additionally, the update will also enable support for dual-SIM connectivity globally, and adds a new crowdsourcing feature for reporting accidents in Apple Maps, thanks to a new ‘Report’ button.

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Previous generation iPad Pro models are up to $120 off right now

We had a blast watching Apple’s Spring Loaded event, where we saw the launch of new Apple products, including the AirTags, an iMac refresh, and a new iPad Pro lineup. Now, new products always make the previous generation devices drop their prices, and that’s precisely what happened to the fourth generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the second-gen 11-inch model.

You can currently get up to $120 savings on the previous generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, depending on the storage variant you go for, as the 512GB variant is now up for grabs at just $1,179 on its Silver color variant. The Space Gray model is $100 off, which is still a nice discount. The 128GB variant is getting a $69 discount, leaving it at $939, while the 256GB option sells for $999 with $100 savings on WiFi-only models. If you want LTE support, your savings start at $69, with the 128GB model selling at $1,080, while the rest will give you a $99 discount. This means you can get the 256GB for $1,150, the 512GB for $1,350 and the 1TB option for $1,550.

The smaller 11-inch iPad Pro is getting a $69 discount on its 128GB variant, meaning you can get one for $730. The 256GB option sells for $800 after a $99 discount, while the 1TB option can be yours for $1,199 with $100 savings on the WiFi-only version. If you’re looking to get LTE connectivity, you can start with the 128GB that’s now selling at $880 with $69 savings. the 256GB option is available for $950, the 512GB is going for $1,150, and the 1TB option can be yours for $1,350, after they’ve all received a $99 discount. And the best part is that these deals are also being matched at B&H, in case you don’t want to shop on Amazon.com.

However, you can also head over to Best Buy, where you will find the latest iPhone 12 lineup getting up to $800 discounts with qualified activation and trade-in of an iPhone 7 or newer. First, you have to choose between AT&T and Sprint, which is now part of T-Mobile, to score the best savings, or go to the Verizon options to get up to $700 on the iPhone 12 and the 12 Pro.

And while you’re at it, check out the latest deal on the HomePod mini + Wemo WiFi Smart Plug that’s currently selling for $110 after receiving a $15 discount, and start to make your home a bit smarter. We also posted some deals on more items that will help you achieve that, so take a look and save big bucks.

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Apple’s AirTag have finally become official with Precision Finding

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Apple’s Spring Loaded event kicked off with some interesting announcements, which included new Podcast and Apple Card features, as well as a new color variant for the current iPhone 12. However, we were waiting for the official announcement of a new product. This time Apple didn’t disappoint, and we have finally seen the launch of the Apple AirTag.

Apple has been using the Find My app to help its users locate their devices faster than just having to go through your house looking for your iPhone. However, Find My has just received a boost that consists of an encrypted end-to-end anonymous network that includes more than a billion Apple devices, allowing users to locate a missing iPhone, Apple Watch iPad, and Mac even when offline. And now, Apple’s AirTags will help you find your devices faster and without a hassle.

AirTags uses the Find My network to easily find your keys, bags, and more. Plus, you can personalize your AirTag to make it your own, and you can add anything from lettering to emoji on yours. They also arrive with several accessories to help you attach them to your luggage, backpack, or anything you want to keep track of.

You will be able to track your new AirTag with any iPhone with the U1 chip, as it will use Precision Finding to get you the precise location and distance of your missing item. Your iPhone will use input from its camera, accelerometer, and gyroscope to give you visual, haptic, and audible feedback as it guides you to your AirTag. Find My has also included new privacy features which will help its users avoid unwanted tag detection.

If you’re interested in getting one for yourself, you can get them for one for $29 or get a four-pack for just $99. Orders start this Friday, and AirTags will be available on April 30. And you can also choose to get your new Bag Charm, Luggage Tag, and Key Ring from Hermes, as they will also come equipped with an airbag for you to carry around.

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120Hz refresh rates and smaller a notch may finally arrive in the iPhone 13

While this is not the first time we get rumors talking about the new displays on the upcoming iPhone 13 lineup, this is one of the first times we get what seems to be some evidence behind it. We’ve been talking about the possibility of getting 120Hz refresh rates and a smaller notch in an iPhone since before the 12 lineup was released. However, the current iPhone lineup had to ditch 120Hz refresh rate displays to favor its battery, and well the only notch that got smaller was the one on the iPhone 12 mini.

Now, it seems that we will indeed get this feature in the upcoming lineup, as a well-known analyst has just commented on the matter. Ross Young used his Twitter account to post some information regarding the display in the upcoming iPhone 13 lineup. He believes that we will receive two devices with LTPO displays, which would enable 120Hz refresh rates. Said devices are expected to be the higher-end iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

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The new LTPO OLED displays are more power-efficient, which means that they wouldn’t be so demanding on the iPhone’s battery, hence allowing the 120HZ feature to finally make its debut on these iOS devices. However, that’s not the only improvement that may arrive with the iPhone 13. We have seen a couple of leaks showing what is expected to be the glass front of the iPhone 13 lineup, and now, leaker DuanRui has posted images of what could be the newly redesigned notch for the iPhone 13.

We can clearly see the size difference between the notch in the iPhone 12 and what seems to be the possible “film samples” representing the final notch in the upcoming iPhone 13. These samples suggest that the new notch could be a bit taller than the current design, but it would be 30 percent narrower.

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OPPO starts rolling out iPhone support for Watch and Band Style with HeyTap Health app

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OPPO is expanding its ecosystem with wearables and audio product launches alongside its smartphones. The company has cemented its place in the audio segment with the budget Enco M31 and the more-affordable-than-AirPods Enco X. Plus, its OPPO Watch is one of the best Android Wear smartwatches you can buy in the market at an affordable price point. However, these products have been limited to Android with no support for iPhones. It is changing now.

OPPO has started rolling out its HeyTap Health app for the iOS platform. The app allows you to pair the OPPO Watch or the Band Style with an iPhone. You can use the app to adjust the settings as well as synchronize the data and view them on your iPhone now. Moreover, they can also synchronize the information with Apple‘s own Health after authorization.

For reference, prior to this, the OPPO Watch had the option of synchronizing the data of the smartwatch with Android and iOS devices using Google’s Wear OS application as it runs Wear OS. Now, it can also sync with the iPhone using OPPO’s own HeyTap Health app.

That being said, the HeyTap app for audio devices has not been rolled out still. It can be used to pair one of the best affordable TWS earphones – OPPO Enco X with Android devices. Unfortunately, iPhone users will have to wait for an AirPods alternative at a budget. While the earbuds do connect with the Apple devices, you don’t get the app to customize things like gestures. Notably, you get LHDC and AAC codecs and miss out on aptX. But you don’t miss out on the sound quality. As we said in our OPPO Enco X review, the earbuds offer a fantastic sound with a segment-leading ANC.

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