Fake AirPods 3 selling out there even before Apple could launch the real thing

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Apple is going to launch new wireless earbuds -tentatively called the AirPods 3 – in the fourth quarter of 2021, as per TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who previously predicted a debut in the first half of 2021. Over the past few months, alleged hands-on images and renders have claimed to give us a glimpse of their design, which appears to be have been heavily inspired by the AirPods Pro. While Apple is characteristically mum about its upcoming earbuds, counterfeit AirPods 3 are already being sold out there.

As per videos shared by the leakster DuanRui (@duanrui1205), fake AirPods 3 have already hit the Chinese market, and they appear to be a replica of the those we’ve seen in the leaks so far. It is also possible that the design of the real AirPods 3 may have leaked from the supply chain and was quickly copied and turned into counterfeits even before the real thing is officially launched.

Apple makes the real thing in China. It’s natural that the fakes will appear here first!

China is arguably the world’s biggest market for making a cheap replica of expensive items, especially electronics. Plus, a majority of Apple products – including AirPods – are assembled by Foxconn in China. Lately, Apple has been moving some share of production to Vietnam, but China remains the manufacturing hub. And this further raises the question – Are the fake AirPods 3 being sold in the Chinese market inspired by the real ones which are yet to be officially launched?

Leaked renders and live images suggest that the AirPods 3 will have a half in-ear design, ensuring a more comfortable and secure in-ear fit. They will also borrow the black touch input area and the pressure-relief vent at the top from the pricier AirPods Pro. More importantly, they are said to offer support for Spatial Audio, a tech that has so far been exclusive to the AirPods Max and AirPods Pro. However, Active Noise Cancellation won’t be a part of the package, likely to keep the cost in check.

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Pixel Watch leak claims to give us first glimpse of Google’s upcoming smartwatch

Disclaimers first. Take this Pixel Watch leak with the proverbial pinch of salt. Actually, a lot of it.

Now, let’s talk news. Looks like Google is finally ready to launch the often-rumored-and-canceled Pixel Watch. And as per leakster Jon Prosser, it might finally happen in October this year. In the latest episode of his YouTube show FrontPageTech, Prosser gave us a glimpse of the Pixel Watch’s designs. The renders, which Prosser claims were made after seeing actual material for the upcoming Google smartwatch, show a device with a round dial.

Google Pixel Watch Colors
Credit: Jon Prosser x @rendersbyian

Actually, the Pixel Watch looks fantastic – assuming it’s the real deal. There is a very strong Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 vibe here, but there are a few key differences here. First, the front glass appears curved and slopes around the periphery – almost like the waterfall display on a few HUAWEI phones – and meets the metallic frame. There is a single button – or to put it more accurately, a crown -on the right side, and it appears to have been inspired by the one on Apple Watch.

Say what you will about being a copycat, but Pixel Watch looks fantastic. In the renders, I mean!

But the overall profile of Pixel Watch looks slimmer and lighter than what we’ve seen on other round smartwatches from the likes of Samsung, HUAWEI, and Motorola. Google appears to have laid a considerable emphasis on the design aspect, from the case to the band. Talking about the band, the inner side appears to have ridges. But they’re apparently not just design elements. In fact, the locking mechanism of the clasp actually uses these ridges to make adjustments around your wrist.

Pixel Watch colors
Credit: Jon Prosser x @rendersbyian

Prosser claims that there will be over 20 band styles to choose from, while the watch face, as well as a few UI elements that are shown in the video, depict a very clean and minimalist software design. Talking about software though, Google is apparently going to give Wear OS a facelift. Well, it’s high time, Google! Unfortunately, details about the innards and key specs of the Pixel Watch are still under the wraps.

Pixel Watch plans are still not rock solid

However, Prosser makes it clear that the Pixel Watch plans are fluid, and the launch date might be shifted from the October timeframe he predicts. And Google being, well, Google, the smartwatch project might again be put on ice. So, do process this leak with some skepticism and keep your hopes not-sky-high. Until then, gaze at these renders and think of the possibilities:

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The iPhone 11 lineup, several Apple Watch models are on sale today

We start today’s deals with some rather interesting savings going live at Woot.com. You can currently get your hands on the Apple iPhone 11 starting at $530, and prices go all the way up to $620, depending on the storage option you go for. The iPhone 11 Pro starts at $620, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max can be yours for as low as $700. Now, these devices are fully unlocked, and they come in refurbished condition. There’s a ten-unit limit for each customer, so you may want to hurry since this deal will end tonight at midnight or until sold out.

 

Now, you can also score great savings on several Apple Watch models, as Woot is selling the Apple Watch for as low as $130, depending on the model and variant you choose from. Our top pick is the Apple Watch Series 5, which starts at $250 and goes up to $270. You should take a look at the wide selection of refurbished Apple products, where you will also find the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone SE, and more devices selling for very compelling prices. You can also get a new OUHENG Leather and Rubber Hybrid Watch Band compatible with any Apple Watch Series starting at $10.07 with $15.92 savings.

 

We have also found the HP Pavilion x360 14 Convertible 22-in-1 laptop with a 14-inch FHD touchscreen display, an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 512GB of storage space selling for $650 after a $110 discount. You can also score a Razer Huntsman Mini 60% gaming keyboard for $100 with $20 savings. And since we already mentioned gaming peripherals, you can also check out the VANKYO Gaming Headset that’s currently selling $27 when you apply the on-page coupon, but if you want to share your tunes, you should also consider getting a new Sony SRS-XB12 Mini Bluetooth Speaker that’s currently selling for $38 with $20 savings.

 

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Skullcandy headphones, Logitech gaming peripherals and more devices are on sale today

You can currently get your hands on a new pair of Skullcandy headphones. The Skullcandy Crusher Evo Wireless Over-Ear headphones are getting a $50 discount on both color variants, which means you can get the True Black of the Chill Grey variant with up to 41 hours of continuous playback adjustable sensory bass and more features for just $150.

If you like earbuds better, the Skullcandy Indy True Wireless are also on sale. You can grab a pair for as low as $43.74 with $41.25 savings. Shall you go for the Black color variant, while other models can go up to $70, but you still get to save some money, considering they’re usually priced at $85. And if you’re a Samsung fan, you may want to check out the latest Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus that are now selling for $100 after a $50 discount on its White color variants. If you want to choose other color options, you will find yourself paying $120.

 

We now focus on some great gaming peripherals from Logitech. The Logitech G G815 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard is currently getting a $30 discount, leaving it at $170 with Tactile and Linear switches. If you’re ok with all the noise Clicky switches make, you can also get your new keyboard for $167 with $33 savings. I’d personally go for this one, but I like TKL keyboards. If you’re like me, you should check out the Logitech G915 TKL Tenkeyless Lightspeed Wireless RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Tactile switches that’s currently selling for $192.59 with $37.40 savings.

If you’re looking for a gaming mouse, you can get a new Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse for $115 with $15 savings. If you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, you can grab the Logitech G PRO Hero, which is getting a $20 discount, leaving it available for just $50. Finally, you can get a new Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset for $86 with $14 savings. And since we’re already talking gaming, you can get an 8Bitdo Sn30 Pro+ Bluetooth Gamepad for $45 after receiving a $5 discount.

 

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iPads, headphones, Apple Watches and more are also on sale today

We keep on getting some great deals from Amazon and Best Buy. The latest ones feature the 8th generation iPad, which comes with 32GB of storage space and $30 savings, leaving it available for $299 in Space Gray. However, you can get it for $480 after a $50 discount if you want 128GB of storage space.

If you’re looking for more power, the iPad Air is selling for as low as $549.55 when you grab the Silver variant. It comes with 64GB storage and WiFi-only connectivity. If you want any other color option, you will find yourself paying S559, but you will score $40 savings. If you want the 256GB of storage variant, you will have to settle for the Green, Rose Gold, or Sky Blue color variants, as these are the only ones getting a $50 discount, leaving them up for grabs at $669. And if you’re still looking for more power, you can get the 11-inch iPad Pro with 128GB of storage space which is currently selling for $750 after a $39 discount.

 

If you’re in the market for a new pair of headphones, you can gab the Jabra Elite 85h on Titanium Black for $200.34 with $49.65 savings. A slightly more affordable option comes with the Beats Studio3, which are currently selling for $199.99, but you get huge savings, as they’re now getting a $129.96 discount, and if you want to spend even less on a pair of wireless headphones with ANC, you can also choose to grab a pair of Razer Opus wireless headphones that are selling for just $40 after a $60 discount.

 

You can also get your hands on a new smartwatch while still saving some bucks, as the Apple Watch Series 6 with GPS-only support in its 40mm variant is getting a $64.99 discount, which leaves it up for grabs at $320. If you want a more affordable option, you can also get the Apple Watch SE for $289 with $20 savings. And since we’re talking accessories, you may also want to check out the Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 12 Mini that’s now available for E56.20 with $13.790 savings.

 

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Google oopsie reveals upcoming Pixel Buds A looking fresh in green shade

Just a few days ago, a 9to5Google report mentioned the impending arrival of a new – and more affordable – set of true wireless earbuds called Pixel Buds A. Apparently, the upcoming audio wearable will be to the Pixel Buds what the budget Pixel 4a is to the flagship Pixel 4. Well, it looks like Google is taking the leak game into its own hands. In an email sent out to folks on the Google Nest mailing list (via 9to5Google), the company has shared a product poster that shows the Pixel 5, a Nest-branded smart display, and what appears to be the Pixel Buds.

They look just like the vanilla Pixel Buds, but wear a different color

Except, these are not the Pixel Buds. Yes, the Pixel Buds do come in a green shade which the company calls Mint Green, but they rock a dual-tone black-and-green color scheme. Plus, the innards of the charging case are black. However, the device in the poster depicts a pair of earbuds covered in a slightly different shade of green. The dual-tone aesthetics appear to have gone in favor of a uniform all-green profile. Plus, the insides of the charging case appear to have the same matching green shade. 

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Image: 9to5Google

So, did Google do an oopsie? Or was this a deliberate teaser? Well, we don’t know for sure. But there is a pattern to be seen here. Last year, the official Google Store prematurely listed the Pixel 4a ahead of its debut. And going back a little further in time, the company tweeted a product render of the Pixel 4 ahead of its official debut – just when the device had started to leak left, right, and center. So, was this Pixel Buds A render a teaser of things to come, or just an honest mistake? I’ll let you be the judge of it.

Talking about the earbuds though, a previous report mentioned that the upcoming Google earbuds will look identical to the Pixel Buds in terms of design, but will opt for a different color profile. Plus, they are touted to come in two colors – white and green. They’re also said to offer support for touch gestures to let users perform tasks such as attend calls, control music playback, and summon Google Assistant. Per a previous leak, the Pixel Buds A will reportedly launch in mid-April, and the latest Google slip does lend some support to it.

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HUAWEI Band 6 goes official looking more like a smartwatch than a fitness band

HUAWEI Band 6 is the latest fitness band from the troubled Chinese giant. I am not calling it new, since it looks almost identical to the Honor Band 6 that was launched just over a week ago, and even shares the key internal hardware and fitness capabilities as well. Also, it looks more like a smartwatch than a fitness, thanks in no part to the huge AMOLED display it comes equipped with.

Priced at roughly $50, I kinda like how it looks

Starting with the specs, the HUAWEI Band 6 offers a 1.47-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 194 x 368 pixels. It is housed in what appears to be a metallic casing, and comes in a choice of three color options – Graphite Black, Amber Sunrise, and Forest Green. Connectivity is handled by Bluetooth 5.0 (BLE) and it is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The wearable also comes with 5ATM water resistance.

huawei band 6 colors

Coming to its health and fitness capabilities, HUAWEI Band 6 offers support for SpO2 monitoring and also notifies users when the blood oxygen saturation levels fall below a minimum threshold. Of course, there is round-the-clock heart rate monitoring with a heart rate fluctuation alert feature and sleep tracking as well, powered by the proprietary TruSleep 2.0 technology. The latter can log four different sleep states – deep sleep, light sleep, REM, and napping.

It supports 96 workout modes and stress monitoring as well

Additionally, it also offers Menstrual Cycle tracking and TruRelax stress monitoring features as well. There is support for 96 workout modes that can measure metrics such as calories burnt, heart rate log, and more. Aside from controlling music playback, you can also use it as a remote shutter for capturing photos with your connected phone’s camera. There’s a ton of watch faces to choose from, and you can download more for the HUAWEI Band 6 from the official HUAWEI Watch Face Store.

huawei band 6 black

The latest fitness offering is listed on the official HUAWEI Store e-shop in Malaysia with an RM 219 (~ 50) price tag and will go on sale later today. However, the company is yet to reveal details about wider availability of the HUAWEI Band 6 in other markets.

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The Apple Watch Series 5, Microsoft’s Surface headphones and more are also on sale today

We keep finding amazing deals for anyone who wants to get a new Apple Watch. The Nike variants of the Apple Watch Series 6, Series 5, and SE are still on sale over at Best Buy, but we have found better deals over at Woot.com, where you can find the Apple Watch Series 5 starting at $250, the Series 4 going for $180 and the Series 3 selling for $130. However, you have to understand that these are refurbished models, hence the low prices. Still, they are an excellent option for those looking to get fit and not worry about messing up a new device.

And if you’re not willing to spend that much on a refurbished Apple Watch, you can also consider getting your hands on a new Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness and Activity Tracker that’s now selling for $130 after receiving a $20 discount. You can also consider getting a new Fitbit Inspire 2, since its latest $21 discount leaves it up for grabs at just under $79 at Amazon.com.

We then have to go hack to Woot, where you can get Microsoft’s Surface Headphones for just $106, down from its regular $140 price tag. You get crisp, clear audio, up to 30 dB active noise cancellation, and 40 dB passive noise cancellation. If you want to spend a bit more on a pair of premium headphones, you can get the Beats Studio 3 for $200 with $149.96 savings, or grab a pair of Beats Solo3 for $120.55, which are now $79.40 off. Now the funny part is that the most expensive model will get you 22 hours of listening time, while the Solo3 will hit the 40-hour mark.

Finally, you can also choose to go for the Razer Opus Active Noise Cancelling Headphones. They are currently selling for $140 with $60 savings, and you get THX audio tuning and up to 25-hours of music.

 

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Casio unveils its first G-Shock smartwatch with Wear OS, and it costs a pretty penny

The longevity of Casio’s sturdy G-Shock smartwatches is the stuff of legends. They are big, bulky, rugged, and dumb. The latter status changes today, as the company has launched its smartwatch – the G-Shock GSW-H1000 – that is powered by Google’s Wear OS. The impact-proof exterior of the latest Casio offering uses a corrosion-resistant titanium case, inorganic glass, and soft urethane for the band. It comes with 20ATM certification, with the company claiming that its latest smartwatch can survive a trip down 200 meters of water.

Are you willing to pay $700 for a rugged smartwatch with Wear OS?

Color options on the table are black, blue, and red. As for the price, you’ll have to fork out $700 for this rugged Wear OS-powered Casio G-Shock GSW-H1000 smartwatch in the US. Check out the official promotional video below to see what this pricey Casio smartwatch is all about:

The Casio G-Shock GSW-H1000 smartwatch features a dual-display design, much like the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro S. There is a monochrome display on top of a 1.2-inch (360×360 pixels) color LCD panel to save battery when you’re not using its Wear OS ‘smart’ functions. There are a ton of activity and sports training modes such as surfing, kayaking, and cycling, allowing you to measure metrics such as calories burned, heart rate, pace, and more.

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Casio has created a wide array of watch faces that pay homage to the classic G-Shock design and given them a digital spin to show more data, while users can interact with it by tracing their fingers alongside the periphery, much like a capacitive bezel. For outdoor activities, the map overlay will show information such as barometric pressure, altitude measurement, and time graphs to name a few.casio smartwatch wear OS black
In total, you get access to 15 types of activities and 24 types of indoor workouts. With the timepiece mode enabled, the Casio G-Shock GSW-H1000 is touted to last around a month. However, if you intend on making full use of the color LCD panel and milking the benefits of Wear OS, the battery mileage will drop to around 1.5 days.

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Pocketnow Daily: Kuo: iPhone 13 Pro Max Camera Brings the REAL Upgrades?! (video)

OnePlus 8 series is getting massive discounts, Apple Watch and other accessories are also on sale

Moto RAZR 5G is $400 off, Sony phones and more devices are on sale

The official news today begin with deals. I find it funny that Apple would never give out deals for their products on their website, but that isn’t stopping Amazon. They currently have M1 MacBook Pro that I’m using for 100 dollars off, leaving the entry level variant for 1200 bucks shipped. The Moto RAZR 5G is also 400 dollars off, leaving it at 1000 bucks… and I know, for that price I want it too, but you better not like photos to justify the purchase. Moving on to Best Buy for a second, the Apple Watch Series 6 Nike Edition is currently 50 bucks off, leaving it at 379 but, you can also get a 100 dollar discount on the Series 5, leaving that one for 299. Samsung’s Spring Event is still going on, where you can get the Galaxy S21 for 100 bucks, the S21+ for 300, or the Ultra for 500 if you have an eligible device for trade-in. We also have deals for Jabra earbuds, which for those asking, are my favorites for running, along with more deals on OnePlus devices and other products in the links in the description.


Google prepping affordable ‘Pixel Buds A’ whose details just got leaked

Since we already began sort of talking wearables, let’s shift the spotlight on to Google and what the company plans to do here. It’s been almost a year since Google released the true wireless Pixel Buds and it looks like they want to refresh them in a more affordable way. According to a new report from 9to5Google these will be called the Pixel Buds A, you know like the Pixel 4a. They will apparently have the same design to the Pixel Buds but with a few colorway tweaks. When it comes to the features, they’ll offer support for touch controls for you to answer calls, of course control music playback and summon the Google assistant but, it is still unclear as to what corners Google will be cutting in order to make these cheaper. Finally, the report mentions that we could expect these some time around June or earlier so, let’s see but, with Google you never know.

OnePlus reveals why its first smartwatch doesn’t run Wear OS, and it’s no surprise

Now let’s talk about another wearable that decided to ditch Google, for all the right reasons. OnePlus finally launched their first smartwatch last week and we’re still waiting on it but, there’s a ton of people asking over the fact that it doesn’t run WearOS. Well, the company’s Product Manager just wrote in an official forum that the fact that they chose their RTOS system over WearOS is because of the ability to offer better and longer battery life to their users which is totally understandable. They also note that RTOS allows them to use what they call “high frame rate debugging experience, which allowed them to raise the display’s capacity to 50Hz, giving you a smoother experience. So yeah, in case you missed it this new Watch features a 1.39-inch AMOLED display along with a 402 mAh battery that lasts up to 14 days with regular usage, or 5 days when sleep and blood oxygen is measured. And sure, I know some of you are concerned about third party apps, but let’s be serious, how many of you actually use more than one app on WearOS? They’re mostly trash.

Apple’s Mixed Reality headset might be unveiled much sooner than expected

Moving on, let’s talk about Apple’s Mixed Reality headset. At first I felt there were just too many rumors for how far away we are from a possible launch, but now things start making sense. Even with all the rumors of 8k displays and eye-tracking technology, that possible launch in 2022 made it sound like vapor wear. Well, now we have a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman that claims that “we could expect it sometime in the next several months, with this being their first major ‘new’ device since 2015”. Apparently it won’t happen at WWDC as Cupertino wants to make such announcement with employees, partners, and the media being present in the room and WWDC is set as an online event. However, they promised some insight on their platforms and they could introduce what they’ve been doing with AR and VR. So far we’ve heard from sources like Ming Chi Kuo that this headset could weigh around 150 grams, it’ll bring around 15 camera modules, a mesh headband and everything else we’ve already heard, so we’ll see.

Story of the day:

iPhone 13 Pro Max will stand out with its upgraded wide angle camera: Kuo

And Finally, for the hottest news today,.. NO we won’t be talking about that cheese grater iPhone.. Yes, we saw the patents, but come on.. I doubt that’ll happen, or at least not any time soon. Let’s focus on what we should expect this year with a new report from Ming Chi Kuo on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, or 12s, or whatever. Up until now, all of the reports we’ve been getting claim that the smaller iPhone 13 Pro will bring the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s camera along with software and hardware improvements like the 7 element lenses so, it left us wondering what upgrades the 13 Pro Max would be getting. According to Kuo’s latest report, the iPhone 13 Pro Max will make an interesting jump to a brighter and faster f/1.5 aperture on the main sensor, and this will differentiate it as it seems the rest of the 13 series will stick to an f/1.6 aperture on the primary camera. The thing is, I’m not sure if it’ll translate into better photos, because as it stands, the 12 Pro Max just takes photos slightly faster, and not really better. If anything aperture that sharp makes closeups a problem. Now as for quality, Kuo also mentions that all models will bring that 7P lens which improves light transmission rate, that can translate to better image quality. The shipment for these lenses is expected to begin in Q2 of 2021 so, some time soon. Other than this we’ve heard that most of the camera upgrades will include better wide angles and telephotos as well as your typical software upgrades.

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OnePlus reveals why its first smartwatch doesn’t run Wear OS, and it’s no surprise

OnePlus launched its first smartwatch – christened the OnePlus Watch – earlier this month. The device comes with some impressive features such as Sapphire Glass protection, up to 14 days of battery life, fast charging, and support for over 110 workout types. However, the most notable aspect – or omission – would be the OS driving it. Instead of going with the more feature-rich and versatile Wear OS by Google, OnePlus opted for an RTOS-based software experience. And now, the company has revealed the key reason behind its choice – battery life. Here’s what a OnePlus Product Manager wrote in an official forum post:

“Another thing I’ve noticed in your comments is questions about why we chose to use the RTOS system instead of Wear OS. When making a decision like this, we always have to weigh the benefits with the challenges to come up with what we think will result in the best user experience. We found that both operating systems had a lot of great things to offer, but some drawbacks as well. So after weighing all of our options, we ended up choosing RTOS primarily because of the ability to better offer our users a longer battery life.”
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OnePlus Watch in Midnight Black color

However, there were a few other reasons behind ditching Wear OS for the OnePlus Watch. The company notes that going with a custom RTOS software experience also allowed it to import what it calls ‘high frame rate display debugging experience.’ The latter allowed the company to raise the display refresh rate from the normal 30Hz to 50Hz, offering a smoother experience. OnePlus has gone all-in on the smooth experience fad for while now and has equipped almost all og its recent phones with a high-refresh-rate (90Hz or 120Hz) panel.

Battery life woes of Wear OS smartwatches are a common knowledge

So, it is no surprise to see that the company was striving for the same with its first smartwatch. Interestingly, WearOS was also the reason that OnePlus shelved its smartwatch ambitions years ago because it couldn’t offer the experience and efficiency that the company was after.

The OnePlus Watch is priced at $159 and offers an IP68-certified build with 5ATM rating. It features a round 1.39-inch AMOLED display with 454×454 pixel resolution, which translates to a pixel density of 326PPI. It comes armed with a 402mAh battery that lasts up to 14 days with typical usage, and 5 days when sleep and blood oxygen saturation measurement is enabled. There are two color options up for grabs – Midnight Silver and Midnight Black – with a third Cobalt Limited Edition also on the table.

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Apple’s Mixed Reality headset might be unveiled much sooner than expected

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen some important details surrounding Apple’s upcoming Mixed Reality headset trickle online, with leaks predicting an 8K panel, advanced eye-tracking technology, and a lot more. So far, the rumor mill has been pointing towards a 2022 debut of the wearable device (or even further), but it appears that the highly-anticipated Apple device might arrive much sooner than expected. As per the ever-reliable Mark Gurman from Bloomberg, Apple might announce its Mixed Reality headset in the next few months.

“Sometime in the next several months, the company is poised to announce a mixed reality headset, its first major new device since 2015. If possible, Apple won’t want to make such a critical announcement at an online event. It wants employees, the media, its partners and developers in the room.”
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Concept render of Apple’s upcoming MR headset (Image: Antonio De Rosa)

Now, WWDC 2021 is just over two months away, and it is quite likely that Apple might introduce its VR ambitions to the world at the developers conference, which is where new builds of iOS, macOS, iPadOS, and watchOS will be revealed. And after that, Apple might actually reveal the actual Mixed Reality headset at another event in the subsequent months, or possibly on the same stage as its next iPhone launch.

Apple's upcoming MR headset will reportedly be targeted at enterprise customers

It is also likely that Apple might only unveil its Mixed Reality headset in the coming months, and will give developers some time to prepare for the platform before the device actually goes on sale. This strategy would follow in the footsteps of Apple announcing a shift away from Intel and switch to in-house silicon months ahead of the first Macs that came equipped with the M1 chip.

Apple Mixed Reality headset concept render
A drawing by The Information of Apple’s possible Mixed Reality headset (Image: The Information)

As per TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple Mixed Reality headset will come equipped with hybrid ultra-short focal length Fresnel lenses made of plastic to keep their weight below 150 grams. He adds that the device will have a total of 15 camera modules, eight of which will be used for the core AR/VR experience while the rest will be employed for unspecified biometric function(s).

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New report reiterates Samsung ditiching Tizen on Galaxy Watch 4, reveals more details

It was recently reported that Samsung might bid adieu to its Tizen OS with the next Galaxy Watch. According to some rumors, Samsung is ditching its in-house OS in favor of Google’s Wear OS on the upcoming Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4. Now, another report reiterates the development and says that Samsung is indeed prepping for its shift from Tizen to Wear OS for its next-generation smartwatches.

The latest information comes from Android Police’s Max Weinbach who took to Twitter to reveal two codenames: Fresh and Wise from an APK teardown of the latest version of the Galaxy Wearable app. These codenames are tipped to be connected to upcoming Samsung wearables – Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4. Max found a reference that says “newos,” which seems to be pointing towards the Wear OS. A new plugin with the codename ‘water’ was also found in the APK file. This is said to be Samsung’s compatibility layer for Wear OS.

He further goes on to reveal that the upcoming smartwatches could come in a total of four variants – two sizes in both LTE and Bluetooth models. The Galaxy Watch Active 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 could be made available in  40/41mm and 44/45mm variants.

It is tipped that the next Galaxy Watch will come with a non-intrusive blood glucose level reading feature, as well as ECG, Fall Detection, and the SpO2 reading that are found in previous models. The upcoming wearables are tipped to be launched in Q2 of 2021, which is a bit earlier than usual since the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 was launched in August 2020. However, we should be hearing more about the Galaxy Watch 4 from the rumor mil in the coming months.

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Google prepping affordable ‘Pixel Buds A’ whose details just got leaked

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Google is reportedly readying a new – and more affordable – true wireless earbuds that will allegedly debut under the name Pixel Buds A. As per a report by 9to5Google that cites sources familiar with the latest developments, the upcoming earbuds will follow the same strategy as the Pixel 3a or Pixel 4a – offering the core Google hardware experience for less.

Google is replicating the same formula for earbuds as the cheaper Pixel ‘A’ phones

Starting with the design, the Pixel Buds A will allegedly have a build identical to that of the Pixel Buds, but with a few color profile tweaks. To start, they will have a uniform white or green grain paintjob, instead of following the two-tone approach taken by the Pixel Buds which make use of black for all color options. Essentially, you’re looking at all-white earbuds with a matching white case, ear tips, as well as wings.

As for the second color option, it will reportedly go for a darker shade of green compared to what you see on the Mint Green colorway of the Pixel Buds. The ear tips, wings, and innards of the charging case will all be covered in the same shade of green for a uniform look. It appears that Google will match the color of Pixel Buds A with those of the upcoming Pixel 5a trims, but that’s just speculation.

Pixel Buds A will reportedly come in two colors with touch gesture support

Talking about the features that you’ll get on the more affordable Google earbuds, they’ll offer support for touch controls to let users attend calls, control music playback, and summon the virtual assistant. However, it is unclear what corners Google is going to cut in order to price the Pixel Buds A lower than the vanilla Pixel Buds which currently go for $179.

As per a previous leak, new Google-branded wireless earbuds will make their debut in mid-April. Earlier this month, two earbuds carrying the model numbers ‘GPQY2’ and ‘G7YPJ’ were spotted on the US FCC database (via 9to5Google), with almost the same dimensions as the standard Pixel Buds. Following their alleged FCC sighting, it is quite likely that the Pixel Buds A will make their debut in the near future – probably around June or earlier – rather than the typical fall event when new Pixel hardware drops.

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Pocketnow Daily: WWDC 2021: What’s Apple Trying to Tell Us?(video)

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Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is still $325, more Android phones are also on sale

Save big bucks on Apple’s M1 Mac mini, Dell computers and more

iPhone 12 BOGO deals, iPad Pros and more devices are also on sale

Of course, the news today begin with deals, cause you know those haven’t stopped being great. Let’s start with Verizon which has a Buy One Get One Free deal for the iPhone 12 where you get the second phone and a bonus 250 dollars in credit. Moving on to Amazon for a second, the M1 Mac mini is currently 100 dollars off, leaving it at 800 shipped. Samsung is still running their Spring Deals where you can get the Galaxy S21 for 100 bucks, the S21 Plus for 300 bucks and the Ultra for 500 bucks, if you have an eligible device for trade-in. Back to Amazon, the OnePlus 8 is 200 dollars off, leaving it at 500 bucks. And we have more deals on iPads, Amazon Echo Speakers, other Samsung products and more.


Samsung’s app confirms a new pair of wireless earbuds are coming soon

Let’s move the spotlight on to Samsung as, it looks like the company wants to expand their wireless earbuds market. So far they have 4 models out with the Buds, Buds+, Buds Live and the new Buds Pro, which happen to be my favorite out of the bunch. Now it looks like those regular Buds are getting a refresh. The guys from Android Police just did a teardown on the Galaxy Wearable’s app APK where you can see multiple references to some “Galaxy Buds 2” which are apparently codenamed Berry. According to the report we could expect these around the end of the year with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 with some updated features like multi-point connectivity, better call quality and better water resistance. We have no leaks on design so far but, they should look pretty similar to their predecessors considering Samsung’s other buds. We’ll see what we get.

Xiaomi’s Mi MIX Fold is an inward-folding smartphone like the Galaxy Z Fold2

Moving back to official news, let’s talk about Xiaomi as after years of concepts, the company finally launched their first foldable smartphone, the Mi MIX Fold. The Mix Fold brings an inward folding design, kind of like what you get from Samsung’s Z Fold. It brings an 8-inch main display running at 60 Hz, and a 6.5-inch cover display running at 90Hz. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 with up to 16 Gigs of RAM and half a terabyte of storage, along with a 5020 mAh battery. When it comes to the cameras, Xiaomi is bringing a triple setup with a 108MP main sensor, a 13MP ultra wide and an 8MP “liquid lens” that offers 3x optical zoom and doubles as a macro lens. Now, Xiaomi is offering new features to let you take advantage of the larger canvas like a dedicated “desktop mode” that turns it into well.. A desktop instead of the regular Android UI. It is set to be available in China for around 1521 dollars but, we have no word on a global release. But yeah man that price tag doesn’t sound so bad when compared to others.

The next-gen Apple chip powering iPhone 13 enters production in May

Once again, we’ll be splitting the hottest news into 2 Apple segments because.. Sometimes they’re worth it? According to a new report from DigiTimes, Apple’s A15 chip will begin production in May which aligns with Cupertino’s usual fall timeline. Now, the A15 will still be built on the same 5nm architecture we got on the A14 and the M1 chips but, we should still see improvements when it comes to performance and efficiency through the silicon’s design. However, the report mentions that Cupertino has already ordered TSMC’s 4 nanometer chips which will begin production in late 2021. The report speculates that these will be first used in a new generation of Mac chips that we could expect in Spring 2022. So yeah, we could reportedly expect new Macs with 4nm chips next Spring, though let’s hope that Spring event does happen.

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Mark your calendars! Apple WWDC 2021 starts June 7 as an online-only event

And Finally for the hottest news today, part 2, and speaking of Spring, for the hottest news today let’s talk Apple and Events but.. It’s not what we were expecting. Now that the March event didn’t happen, we’ve been waiting for some sort of announcement from Cupertino and well, the company just sent out press invitations for WWDC 2021 which will be an online-only event once again, happening from June 7th to June 11th. Apple says that they will be offering “unique insight into the future of: iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.” Pretty much like last year they’re expecting around 28 million developers to join the show and that’s all great but let’s speculate for a minute. For the past couple of year’s we’ve had major announcements like the return of the Mac Pro, and the Apple Silicon transition this year. And right now, Apple has a ton of products in the pipe line like those new iPad Pros, the AirTags, new AirPods which I won’t count out even from a silent release at least by Thursday.

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