Apple today introduced the second-generation of AirPods, the company's latest ultra-popular wireless headphones. The new AirPods is powered by Apple's H1 Chip that enables "Hey Siri" functionality, while also added up to 50% more of talk time. Perhaps more importantly, it comes in a standard charging case or a wireless charging case for the first time.

“AirPods delivered a magical wireless experience and have become one of the most beloved products we’ve ever made. They connect easily with all of your devices, and provide crystal clear sound and intuitive, innovative control of your music and audio,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case.”
Furthermore, Apple claims that new AirPods creatures a better audio experience and improved synchronization, so switching between devices while listening to music on iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad is more seamless than ever with two times faster connect times. As for wireless charging, the case itself holds additional charges for more than 24 hours of total listening time, even better, it includes an LED indicator that shows the charging status.

In terms of pricing, the new AirPods are now available to order for $159 with a standard charging case and for $199 with a wireless charging case and will be available at Apple Stores and select resellers starting next week. However, Apple is offering the wireless charging case for $79, where you can use it with the original AirPods.

Following the launch of the new iPad mini and iPad Air yesterday, Apple has continued to update its products through its website today. The second batch of new product release in the spring of 2019 is the iMacs, including the 21.5-inch and the 27-inch Retina retina display models, with no change in design, mainly towards core component upgrades.

The refreshes are essentially on CPU, graphics card and memory. After this update, the 21.5-inch iMac comes with an eighth-generation quad-core processor or a six-core processor (3.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i3 or 3.0GHz six-core Intel Core i5), delivering up to 60% performance gains; On the GPU side, the Radeon Pro Vega 555X or 560X is theoretically capable of up to 80% faster graphics processing.

As for the 27-inch iMac, it comes with a ninth-generation six-core or eight-core processor, the 3.0GHz or 3.1GHz eighth-generation six-core i5, or the ninth-generation 3.6GHz Intel i5. The new processor theoretically has a performance boost of 2.4 times, while the GPU is the Radeon Pro Vega 570X, 575, 580X, and so forth

Both iMacs arrive with standard 8GB 2666MHz DDR4, however, 21.5-inch models have 16GB or 32GB RAM, whereas 27-inch models include four slots, which users can expand on their own or factory options. The hard drive comes standard with a 1TB SSD hard drive, and users can choose a faster pure SSD solid state drive.

In addition, Apple also updated its ultra-choice machine - iMac Pro, you can now decide to whether or not go towards the 256GB of 2,666MHz DDR4 ECC memory option, which will cost you a $5,200, more than the $4,999 price of the base iMac Pro itself. At the same time, you can also take the Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics for $700. Both are configure-to-order options.

This morning, Apple's Apple Store entered maintenance mode. Everyone speculated that there would be new products to be released soon. Sure enough, after the maintenance, two new iPad models were debuted: the 2019 iPad Air and iPad mini.

The overall design of the new iPad Air and iPad mini has not changed from the previous generation, but the performance has been improved. Both models are now updated to the A12 Bionic processor, with the iPad Air featuring a 10.5-inch retina display with True Tone display technology, 264 ppi 2224 x 1668 resolution, and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

However, the new iPad Air still retains the Touch ID and 3.5mm headphone jacks, with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 7-megapixel front camera for up to 10 hours of battery life The Air model is available in three colors: silver, gold, and space gray. The price ranges from 64GB to $499 and 256GB to $649.

On the other hand, the new iPad mini is also upgraded to A12 Bionic, which is 3 times faster than the iPad mini 4. The new iPad mini adds Apple Pencil support, a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution, 326 ppi retina display with True Tone display technology.

Furthermore, both iPad Air and iPad Air saw the same Wi-Fi performance and Gigabit‑class LTE that's built into the latest iPad Pro models.
"iPad continues to provide magical new experiences for a growing range of uses where it is the absolute best device, from playing games in augmented reality to note-taking and drawing with Apple Pencil, from streaming HD movies and editing 4K films to learning to develop apps with Swift Playgrounds," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Today the iPad family takes two big leaps forward with an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Air that brings high-end size, features and performance at a breakthrough price, and a major upgrade to the 7.9-inch iPad mini, which also brings Apple Pencil, Retina display and the A12 Bionic chip to the many customers that love its compact size."
Unfortunately, the AirPods and AirPower that everyone is looking for are not on the stores in this update, and may not be released until later this year.

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After more than eight months and 400,000 registered participants, Stanford has announced the results of the heart study developed with Apple. According to Apple, their partnership with the Stanford University School of Medicine was the “largest study ever of its kind.”

The Apple Heart Study was announced as a joint study between the Stanford University School of Medicine and Apple. It originally launched alongside the Series 3 Apple Watch and was open to American users, over the age of 22, with a Series 1 Apple Watch or later and an iPhone 5s or later.

According to the press release, “Apple and Stanford created the study to evaluate Apple Watch’s irregular rhythm notification, which occasionally checks the heart’s rhythm in the background and sends a notification if an irregular heart rhythm appears to be suggestive of atrial fibrillation (AFib). As part of the study, if an irregular heart rhythm was identified, participants received a notification on their Apple Watch and iPhone, a telehealth consultation with a doctor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for additional monitoring.”

According to the study, of the 419,093 participants, only 0.5% of them received irregular heart notifications and only fifty-seven percent of them sought-out medical attention. While only a small portion of participants received irregular heart notifications, it highlights the feature’s ability to provide users information related to their health at any time.

Apple COO Jeff Williams commented on the announcement: “We are proud to work with Stanford Medicine as they conduct this important research and look forward to learning more about the impact of Apple Watch alongside the medical community.” Williams also added, “We hope consumers will continue to gain useful and actionable information about their heart health through Apple Watch.”

Yesterday, a highly suspected benchmark was posted on Slashleaks, which is alleged to be the result of Apple's desktop-class (10-core and 12-core) A-series processors based on the ARM architecture. It could potentially mean that Apple to release Mac with ARM processors as early as this year.

The leak comes from an anonymous source, claiming that the 10-core version has a clock speed of 3.4GHz, while the screenshot shows that the 12-core version (APWL2@HmP) has a clock speed of 3.19GHz. The single-core scores of the two processors are 7,335 and 6,912, respectively, and the multi-core scores are 20,580 and 24,240, respectively.

It is unclear what the device that is equipped with the ARM chip, but judging from the performance, it should be desktop-level hardware. Both processors outperformed the single-core scores of 2017 27-inch of the Retina 5K iMac with 4.2GHz Intel Core i7-7700 processor, while the 12-core processor's multi-core scores exceeded 2018 15-inch with 2.9GHz Intel Core i9-8950HK MacBook Pro's scores.

It is not yet possible to verify the authenticity of the benchmark, however, it should be noted that the screenshot was uploaded on Friday and has no record in the past. Also, the "APWL2" device name is inconsistent with Apple's recent A-series processor naming scheme. For example, the existing A12 bionics are APL1W81, while the A11 bionics are APL1W72.

According to a report by Counterpoint Research, the sales of Apple's AirPods wireless headphone may surpass 35 million in 2018, accounting 75% of the entire segment last year, this further makes Apple the most popular brands in the true wireless headphone market.

Apple AirPods’ sales were estimated at around 35 million units accounting almost three-fourths of this emerging segment last year, according to our research. Samsung, Bose, Jabra, Huawei, Bragi, LG all are prevalent and will grow from a smaller base from last year.
In a survey of 200 people, 19% prefer AirPods. The wireless headphones mentioned here are not limited to listening to songs. Some products may include health tracking and AI assistant, such as Bragi Dash Pro. There were rumors suggesting that the second generation of AirPods will also support health monitoring and "Hey Siri".

In terms of most preferred hearable brand, Apple's Beats brand took the fifth spot, with 6% of users in favor of it, while Sony (17%) claimed the number 2 place, Samsung (16%) and Bose (10%), however, comes in at third and fourth place. Although Bose beats AirPods in the sound quality category, it did reveal that people choosing AirPods, not because of its sound quality, but rather the ease of use, comfort & fit, and portability, as the key reasons.

In January of this year, OnLeaks predicted that this year's high-end iPhone models would feature triple-lens rear cameras with a square bump design. And now, the Japanese blog Macotakara has confirmed the rumor and quoted the source is from a Chinese supplier.

The design of the new iPhone camera system is similar to that of the Huawei Mate 20, and is limited to the high-capacity version, which usually indicates it will be a high-end version. The Wall Street Journal also mentioned that only the high-end version of the iPhone 11 will adopt the triple-lens camera system, and they believe it will be the next generation of the iPhone XS Max.

Apple rumors predicted by Macotakara are considered to be relatively accurate, but, this report predicts that the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 may also support this form of design, so it's unclear whether if Macotakara true and WSJ wrong. One thing is for certain, that this rumor has backed up by many other analysts and leaks, notably Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

According to the site, the accessory for the next generation iPhone is already under development and it will include a hole on the back. Meanwhile, iPhone XR successor is believed to have a dual-lens design like this year's iPhone XS and XS Max models
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