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When does Iphone 13 come out?

The iPhone 13 release date is likely to be in September 2021, and we expect it to hit stores on the fourth Friday of the month so you'll likely be able to buy it on September 24. The next Apple event is set for September 14 - the company has confirmed that - so we're expecting to hear about the phone then. techradar.comiPhone 13 release date, price, specs, news and leaks

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Forbes 13 September, 2021 - 02:00pm

Original article, September 9, 2021 (04:23 PM ET): Google’s official Clock app for Android may still be failing to set off alarms as expected despite a Wednesday update, leaving it a risky choice for people who want to use it to wake up.

The update, 6.4.1, has improved the app in that it will generally default to a stock Android tone if Spotify integration fails, according to Play Store reviews caught by Android Police. Some users are still complaining about missed alarms, however. If they are using the 6.4.1 release, that suggests that Google hasn’t fully patched the issue.

Related: A definitive guide to the Google Play Store for beginners

The glitch seems to have begun with an earlier app update. This prompted a flurry of criticism, culminating in a Reddit post in which Google said it had identified the cause and was preparing a fix. In the interim, it suggested using system sounds for alarms.

A lot of people prefer waking up to their own music, of course, and Spotify hooks would normally make this convenient. Until Google finds a permanent solution, it’s probably safer to use a third-party app.

Fast Charge: Apple may have a Sony inspired surprise with the iPhone 13

TrustedReviews 13 September, 2021 - 02:00pm

And while many are spending their time wondering what hardware Apple will bring to the table – including how much of an upgrade its fabled Apple A15 chip will be and if a new Mac Mini 2021 will make an appearance – for me the firm may have an even bigger surprise in store. Specifically, that the new iOS handset won’t actually be called the iPhone 13.

Before you roll your eyes, there’s actually a good reason for this. Chiefly, that 13 is an unlucky number. This sounds stupid, but it is actually a very big deal. It’s why if you go to the United States, you’ll find many hotels don’t mark the 13th floor with the number, it’ll be up as 12a or jump straight to 14.

The phenomenon also extends to other numbers, for example in China, where the phenomenon of Tetraphobia is common. This is a fear of the number four, which is associated with death in many parts of Asia due to the two words’ similar pronunciation in Cantonese. It’s speculated to be a key reason OnePlus chose to change its naming convention and released the OnePlus 5, rather than 4, after the OnePlus 3T back in the day.

As a result, I can see Apple choosing to do a similar tactic with the next iPhone. Around the office many speculated this could see it choose to release a new iPhone 12R, rather than 13. But given the rumours we’ve heard about the next iPhone being a “huge” step up from the iPhone 12 I can’t see this happening. The R branding is only used in years where the next iPhone is a tepid upgrade on the previous model, which isn’t expected to be the case this year.

As a result, I can see it taking a page out of Sony’s book and reverting to roman numerals. In this case naming it the iPhone XIII.

There’s actually a good historical precedent for this. Apple’s already used roman numerals, having released the iPhone X in place of the iPhone 10 in 2017. This would also gel with the ongoing rumblings that the next iPhone is going to be a big release for Apple featuring a number of firsts for the brand, including 120Hz variable refresh rate LTPO ( low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) screen, like the one seen on the Apple Watch 6, a notchless design and emergency satellite connectivity.

This in context would tie to the X, which was the first Apple iPhone to have a notch design that at the time was revolutionary for the phone market. In our original review we went so far as to describe it as “the biggest upgrade to Apple’s phone line” in recent memory. If Apple plans to make similar waves with its 2021 flagship the roman numeral naming convention would narratively make sense.

Which is why, if even a smidgeon of the rumours about Apple’s next iPhone ring true, it’ll be called the iPhone XIII, not iPhone 13.

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Your Motorcycle Is Trying To Kill Your Phone, Here's What You Can Do

9to5Mac 13 September, 2021 - 10:30am

On Friday, Apple published a support document with a worrying messag, reports our sister site Gizmodo. Exposing your phone to the vibrations of a motorcycle, moped, or scooter can cause some serious damage. Apple says that vibrations within certain frequency ranges can degrade an iPhone’s optical image stabilization (OIS) and closed-loop autofocus over time.

Smartphone cameras are brilliant pieces of engineering. Phones can take pretty amazing pictures considering their compact size. Remember when you basically had to hold your breath to get a good phone picture? Those days are largely gone thanks to OIS. These systems use a gyroscope to detect when the camera has moved, and move the camera lens to compensate.

Some iPhones also use closed-loop autofocus, which Apple describes as:

Closed-loop AF resists the effects of gravity and vibration to preserve sharp focus in stills, videos, and panoramas. With closed-loop AF, on-board magnetic sensors measure gravity and vibration effects and determine the lens position so that the compensating motion can be set accurately.

iPhone owners have been complaining about dying cameras from vibrations for a while. In some cases, as noted on Apple’s discussion board, the camera dies completely after a motorcycle ride. Apple users aren’t alone, as some Android owners echo similar problems with their phones after mounting them to a motorcycle. And the fix for the damaged cameras appears to be tossing out the phone for a new one.

It sounds like basically anything on two wheels is covered by Apple’s warning. The company says that high-power and high-volume motorcycles can damage your phone through high-amplitude vibration in certain frequency ranges. Meanwhile, mopeds, scooters and electric motorcycles can damage your phone through low-amplitude vibrations. So, it doesn’t matter if your steed is a Honda Super Cub or a Harley-Davidson Road King.

And if you think that your phone is too old to have OIS, think again. Various Android and iPhone models have been using OIS for nearly a decade. Apple started using OIS with the iPhone 6 Plus, which made its debut all the way back in 2014.

Apple recommends avoiding mounting its phones on motorcycles for prolonged periods, but that’s sort of unrealistic. Many riders, myself included, use a phone for navigation on long trips. Thankfully, it may be possible to mitigate the risk of killing the cameras of a phone using a vibration-damping phone mount. There are a couple of them on the market and they aren’t too expensive.

A vibration-damping mount won’t get rid of all of the vibes, but they definitely soften the blow to your cameras. It sounds like your best bet is to keep your phone off of your bike unless you absolutely have to mount it.

AirPods Pro drop back down to $180 at Amazon | Engadget

Engadget 13 September, 2021 - 09:10am

These are Apple's most powerful earbuds and we gave them a score of 87 when they first came out. Yes, it's been nearly two years since then, but the AirPods Pro remain the best wireless earbuds for those with iPhones. That's due in part to how easily they pair and switch between Apple devices thanks to the H1 chip inside the buds, a piece of tech that also enables hands-free Siri access. Connecting the AirPods Pro to your iPhone for the first time is a quick and seamless process, and after that, you can go from listening to music on your Mac to taking a call on your iPhone with little hassle.

The AirPods Pro also have a better fitting design than standard AirPods, although that could change if Apple announces an updated model of its standard buds tomorrow. The Pros support ANC and Transparency Mode, which lets you hop in and out of conversations easily, and they support spatial audio along with Apple Music's new Dolby Atmos format. And if you want a pair of AirPods with wireless charging, the Pros are a good option because, unlike regular AirPods, their case has wireless charging support by default.

If you're more concerned about getting the latest earbuds Apple has to offer, it's worth it to wait until after tomorrow's event to see what the company has in store. However, if you're more concerned about your budget, this sale on the AirPods Pro is one of the best we've seen in recent months.

AirPods Pro drop back down to $180 at Amazon | Engadget

The Register 13 September, 2021 - 09:10am

These are Apple's most powerful earbuds and we gave them a score of 87 when they first came out. Yes, it's been nearly two years since then, but the AirPods Pro remain the best wireless earbuds for those with iPhones. That's due in part to how easily they pair and switch between Apple devices thanks to the H1 chip inside the buds, a piece of tech that also enables hands-free Siri access. Connecting the AirPods Pro to your iPhone for the first time is a quick and seamless process, and after that, you can go from listening to music on your Mac to taking a call on your iPhone with little hassle.

The AirPods Pro also have a better fitting design than standard AirPods, although that could change if Apple announces an updated model of its standard buds tomorrow. The Pros support ANC and Transparency Mode, which lets you hop in and out of conversations easily, and they support spatial audio along with Apple Music's new Dolby Atmos format. And if you want a pair of AirPods with wireless charging, the Pros are a good option because, unlike regular AirPods, their case has wireless charging support by default.

If you're more concerned about getting the latest earbuds Apple has to offer, it's worth it to wait until after tomorrow's event to see what the company has in store. However, if you're more concerned about your budget, this sale on the AirPods Pro is one of the best we've seen in recent months.

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