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Belkin announces Boost Up Wireless Charging Dock for iPhone + Apple Watch

Belkin has announced the expansion of its Boost Up wireless charging dock family with a new model specifically designed to charge the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR alongside the Apple Watch Series 4. The new Boost Up Wireless Charging Dock for iPhone + Apple Watch ($160), provides optimized 7.5-watt wireless charging for iPhones or other Qi-enabled devices along with standard five-watt charging for the Apple Watch, while an additional USB-A port can charge a third device at a five-watt charging speed. The Apple Watch portion is designed with Nightstand Mode in mind to place the Apple Watch at an optimal viewing angle, and as with Belkin’s other docks, it can charge an iPhone through most cases. A 45-watt AC adapter is included in the box, and of course it’s both Qi and MFi certified. Boost Up Wireless Charging Dock for iPhone + Apple Watch will be available in December exclusively to Apple Stores.


iFixit publishes iPhone XS and XS Max teardown

As expected, iFixit has posted its [teardown of the new iPhone XS and XS Max], this year doing a simultaneous teardown to explore the innards of both new models side-by-side. iFixit notes that from the outside, the new iPhone models don’t suggest much has changed from last year’s iPhone X, other than the new gold color option and the larger version, suggesting a return to the “tick/tock upgrade cycle” typical of “S” models. Despite the new, higher IP68 rating, opening the new iPhone models was no more difficult than last year’s iPhone X. Inside, the iPhone XS Max sports a larger Taptic Engine and an extended logic board, while the smaller iPhone XS switches up the traditionally rectangular batteries for a single-cell L-shaped battery. The iPhone XS battery actually has a hair less capacity from last year’s iPhone X, coming in at 10.13 Wh (2,659 mAh at 3.81 V) versus 10.35 Wh (2716 mAh at 3.81 V); the iPhone XS Max naturally packs in a larger battery with 12.08 Wh (3,179 mAh at 3.80 V), but remains the more familiar configuration of a pair of rectangular cells. While the L-shaped single-cell design in the iPhone XS is noteworthy, iFixit suggests that the extra corners and edges may make it prone to extra stress.


Chris Evans returning to TV to star in new Apple drama series

Chris Evans has signed on for a new limited Apple drama series, “Defending Jacob,” Variety reports. The actor behind “Captain America” will reportedly both star in and executive product the new series, which will be based on a 2012 best-selling novel by William Landay, which chronicles the life of a father whose 14 year old son is accused of murder. This will be only the second role in a regular television series for Evans, who made his name on the big screen starring in Marvel superhero movies such as the “Fantastic Four” films and of course the recent hit “Avengers: Infinity.” The new Apple drama series was created by Mark Bomback, who will also be writing, executive producing, and serving as showrunner, and who is also known for writing “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Academy Award-nominee Morten Tyldum will executive produce and direct the series.

iPhone XS manual includes references to AirPower

Despite understandable concerns raised after Apple’s iPhone launch event, it seems that reports of AirPower’s death may be greatly exaggerated. Although Apple has been extremely quiet about the AirPower charging pad — even by the company’s usual standards of secrecy — and has tacitly removed every mention of the product from its website, developer Gavin Stephens noted that the printed quick start guide for Apple’s new iPhone XS actually contains a blatant reference to AirPower that seems to have snuck through the cracks. A photo posted by Stephens on Twitter shows a “Charging” section on the same page that appears to describe the Emergency SOS feature, which reads, “Place iPhone with screen facing up on AirPower or a Qi-certified wireless charger.” The manual goes on to add that users can “also use the Lightning connector to charge iPhone” [emphasis added], suggesting that Apple at one point intended to ship the AirPower at the same time as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.


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Audible adds offline playback support for Apple Watch

Audible has updated its Apple Watch app for watchOS 5, offering support for syncing Audible titles from the iPhone to the Apple Watch and then listening to them via Bluetooth headphones without the need for the iPhone nearby. Users can rewind, pause, or even set a sleep timer directly from the Apple Watch, although downloading or streaming of books directly to the Apple Watch over Wi-Fi or cellular doesn’t appear to be supported — users will still need to load them on from the iPhone app before leaving their iPhone behind. [via 9to5Mac

Apple releases Apple Music for Android 2.0 with Android Auto support

Following a beta period late last month, Apple has now released Apple Music for Android on the Google Play store, bringing Android Auto support for its streaming music service at the same time as Apple opens up CarPlay to let Google Maps into the tent. The addition of Android Auto support allows Android users to control the Apple Music experience from their dashboard in much the same way as with other Android audio apps, and the update also adds other new Apple Music features, bringing the app more closely in line with the iOS experience, including the ability to search by lyrics, view new artist pages, access the new Friends Mix, and global Top 100 charts.

Sonarworks now supports over 200 headphones, with iOS app on the way

Earlier this year we took a look at Sonarworks True-Fi, a DSP headphone reference app for Mac users that can round out the sound signature of cheap headphones but also be a great tool for audio enthusiasts by comparing various headphones to true “reference” sound signatures. This week, the company has announced that True-Fi has achieved the milestone of supporting 232 different headphone models, covering a range from common consumer headphones from popular companies like Panasonic, Pioneer, and Behringer — and even Apple’s AirPods — to gaming headsets and wireless earbuds; a list of all supported headphones can be found on the company’s website. Even more significantly, Sonarworks has announced its mobile app set to be released “in the coming weeks,” allowing iPhone users to take advantage of the app’s ability to provide “reference sound” at the push of a button. Sonarworks also continues to add to its growing array of headphone models, which are made available to consumers through updates at no extra cost. True-Fi for Mac and PC is available for $79, and the mobile app is expected to be out “very soon.”

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Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 12 for HomePod

In addition to the big releases of iOS 12 and watchOS 5 this week, Apple’s HomePod smart speaker also saw its first major update, in the form of what Apple now appears to be calling iOS 12 for the HomePod — a change from the prior naming convention of simply listing the updates with identifiers like HomePod 11.3. It’s an interesting way to go, considering that while all of Apple’s mobile operating systems are variations on iOS, the HomePod operating system probably has about as much in common with the iPhone and iPad as the Apple TV or Apple Watch would.

Since the HomePod came out in the middle of the iOS 11 cycle, the iOS 12 for HomePod update is the first major update that actually brings a set of brand new features to the smart speaker; while HomePod 11.4 was also a fairly significant update, it mostly delivered on the promises Apple had already made, such as adding AirPlay 2 and stereo pairing support. iOS 12 for HomePod, on the other hand, begins to actually evolve the HomePod’s feaure set, albeit slowly.…


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