SteelSeries to launch a brand new gaming headset next Tuesday

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

Accessory maker SteelSeries designs some pretty cool Apple-compatible accessories. I use their Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller to play games on my Apple TV and couldn’t be happier with it. Today, the company said in an email blast to customers that they’ll be “changing the gaming headset” next Tuesday.

“On October 4, we’re releasing our love letter to gamers,” teases the firm. The email offers a sneak peek at the upcoming on-ear wired headset said to provide comfort and high-quality sound. Read More


How to prepare for your iPhone 7

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 15, 2016

Many anxious Apple customers are anticipating their new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus handsets and are scheduled to receive them as early as this Friday.

Some customers are dealing with shipping times extending as far out into the future as October or November, but regardless of how long you’ll be waiting, everyone who bought an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus has one thing in common: we should all be preparing for the day when it arrives. Read More


Samsung considering its own proprietary port to replace headphone jack on Galaxy S8

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2016

Although Samsung’s latest Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone series proudly boasts the 3.5mm headphone jack, the South Korean conglomerate may also remove the industry-standard jack from its next-gen Galaxy S8, reports Digital Music News. Internally code-named “Dream” (Galaxy S8) and “Dream2” (Galaxy S8 Edge), these devices may replace the 3.5mm jack with a proprietary port.

The company is said to be “actively” and “aggressively” exploring the possibility of releasing a proprietary headphone jack to see how viable it would be. Read More


7 great Bluetooth headphones for your new iPhone 7

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2016

Now that you’ve ordered your iPhone 7 and picked out a case, it’s time to think about getting another accessory: Bluetooth headphones. With Apple choosing to remove the 3.5mm jack from its latest handset, wireless headphones make the perfect companion for your new gadget.

As for which model to get, Apple’s just-announced AirPods look pretty cool. But between their steep $160 price tag and unproven real-world performance, we think there are some better options out there. Here is a list of 7 great pairs of Bluetooth headphones for your new iPhone 7. Read More


A short 15-minute boost from AirPods charging case equals three hours listening time

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 9, 2016

The AirPods, Apple’s new $159 wireless earphones, are scheduled to go on sale in late October so we’ll need to be patient for a while before getting our hands on a pair of these and learn just how long it takes to charge both the earphones and Apple’s Lightning-based charging case from 0 to 100 percent.

Meanwhile, I stumbled upon a nice tidbit in BuzzFeed’s interview with Apple executives saying that it only takes a short 15-minute boost from the tiny charging case to give AirPods three hours of run time. Read More


4 ways to listen to music while charging your iPhone 7

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

In case you haven’t already figured it out, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both do completely away with the 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, Apple is now pushing the industry to use Lightning-based and wireless Bluetooth headphones and speakers.

So with that in mind, how will you possibly use your existing headphones and speakers with your new iPhone while you’re trying to charge it? Well we’ve got four solutions for you that will get your mind off of the missing headphone jack. Read More


Apple’s Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter is only $9

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 7, 2016

One of the things that sets the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus apart from the rest of the iPhone lineup is the exclusion of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple is now requiring headphones to either go wireless or utilize the Lightning port. Read More


Apple unveils wireless AirPods: $159, pairs automagically with iPhone and Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 7, 2016

With the removal the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has answered many kinds of concerns with the all-new Apple wireless AirPods. Read More


Courage, space, and vision: why Apple removed the headphone jack in iPhone 7

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2016

On Wednesday, Apple confirmed that the rumors are true: there is no headphone jack in the iPhone 7. Apple is including a new pair of EarPods in the box with the handset, as well as an adapter for connecting the headphones to the legacy 3.5mm port, and it also announced new wireless earbuds called AirPods.

Apple SVP Phil Schiller explains the move: “The reason to move on: courage. The courage to move on and do something new that betters all of us.” Schiller says removing headphone jack will free up space, which is growing ever-limited with new components, and Apple’s ultimate vision for mobile audio is “wireless.”

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What we’re expecting from Apple’s September 7 event

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2016

Apple is hosting a special media event on September 7 at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium at 10am PT. As always, we’ll be covering the latest in Apple’s big fall refresh thoroughly here at iDB. Of course, the iPhone 7 will be the event’s biggest story, but we’re also hoping to see other hardware refreshes, accessories and related products come into full view next Wednesday.

Here’s everything we think Apple could introduce come September 7, plus some of the things we’d like them to announce but they probably won’t (yet). Read More


iPhone 7 Plus could come bundled with Apple’s new AirPods Wireless Earphones

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2016

Another day, another iPhone 7 leak. A high-resolution photograph of an alleged iPhone 7 Plus packaging that surfaced this morning would have us believe that a 5.5-inch iPhone 7 model could ship with Apple’s new wireless earbuds in the box.

The info sticker on the back of supposed packaging shows the details for a 32-gigabyte handset model, suggesting the purchase is bundled with an “AirPods Wireless Earphones”. The purported photo was uploaded anonymously and sent to AppleInsider. Read More


iPhone 7 might ship with Lightning EarPods and 3.5mm headphone jack adapter

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2016

An image of another claimed spec sheet has surfaced on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, indicating that the iPhone 7 could come with both a Lightning edition of Apple’s wired EarPods and a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter in the box. As a result, the iPhone 7 should provide its owners with an appropriate solution for connecting their existing wired headphones to the handset right out of the box, without requiring them to purchase a standalone adapter. Read More


How to adjust bass response for your iPhone or iPad headphones

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 19, 2016

One of Apple’s premier services that come built into their mobile devices is Apple Music, and music is certainly a huge focus of owning Apple devices. With that being said, people use all kinds of audio accessories with their mobile devices, whether they’re speakers, headphones, or even the built-in speakers.

Everything has its own unique sound quality, but in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can adjust the bass response on your iPhone or iPad to maximize the amount of bass you hear in your music no matter what kind of audio device you’re using with your handset. Read More


Another hands-on video shows genuine-looking, working Lightning EarPods in action

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2016

Apple’s official Lightning-based EarPods (that could be marketed under the ‘AirPods’ moniker, according to a trademark filing) were already filmed on video and depicted on leaked photos. Today, UK-based mobile accessory firm MobileFun posted a hands-on video of its own of what appears to be a wired, Lightning-based edition of the EarPods.

Apple, as you know, is widely expected to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack from its next iPhone in favor of Bluetooth wireless headsets and Lightning-based wired ones, the latter potentially providing lossless digital sound. Read More


This is how I know Samsung will ditch the headphone jack

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2016

Three days ago, Samsung of South Korea took the wraps off its flagship Galaxy Note 7 phablet. It’s a cool, powerful smartphone that features a curved 5.7-inch AMOLED screen, Galaxy S7-like design, speedy chips, an iris scanner and an improved S Pen (which has learned a few new tricks, like translating words, and is now waterproof itself).

Believe it or not, a Samsung executive during the Note 7 unveiling mocked live, on stage, Apple’s rumored decision to remove the 3.5mm audio jack from the next iPhone.

“You know what else it [Note 7] comes with? An audio jack. I’m just saying,” he quipped. Read More


Apple said to be building wireless earbuds with low-power Bluetooth chip

By Cody Lee on Aug 4, 2016

Apple has spent the last few years developing a custom Bluetooth radio chip for wireless earbuds, reports Forbes. Citing a source with knowledge of the project, the outlet says the earbuds could be ready to launch this fall.

If true, the timing makes sense, given that Apple is slated to unveil a new iPhone in September. The handset is expected to ship without the customary headphone jack, indicating the company is going all-in on wireless. Read More


Fully functional Lightning EarPods caught on video

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

Following blurry photos of an alleged Lightning-based edition of the EarPods, Apple’s stock iPhone headphones, a new video now gives us a far better look at what appears to be fully functional headphones resembling the EarPods, except they connect into the iPhone’s Lightning port.

Published on YouTube channel EverythingApplesPro on Friday and first discovered by French blog, the 60-second clip shows the headphones connected via Lightning to an iPhone running iOS 9. They work as you’d expect, including controlling playback via the in-line Play/Pause and Volume Up and Down buttons. Read More


Last month, revenue from U.S. sales of wireless headphones surpassed that of wired ones

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

If you need the definite proof that Apple’s rumored decision to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the next iPhone is based on some actual real-world numbers, here’s one. According to the latest stats for the month of June, published Thursday by research firm NPD, revenue from sales of wireless headphones in the United States during the month of June beat that of their wired counterparts. Revenue from wireless headphones accounted for 54 percent of U.S. dollar sales and 17 percent of unit sales in the headphone category. Read More


Genuine-looking iPhone 7 Lightning-to-3.5-mm audio adapter caught on video

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

As you know, the next iPhone is expected to ditch the 3.5mm analog audio jack for wireless headphones, powered by Bluetooth, and wired ones, driven by Lightning. Now, certain sources are adamant that the handset may ship with a Lightning-to-3.5-mm audio adapter in the box so that folks could continue using their existing audio accessories.

Today, we get another glimpse of the claimed adapter in a set of leaked images and an accompanying high-resolution video. This latest leak came on Thursday via Vietnamese blog, which claims to have received the adapter from a Foxconn factory. Read More


Deutsche Bank analysts think iPhone 7 will ship with Lightning-to-audio dongle

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

The next iPhone, which sources in China think could be marketed as ‘iPhone 6SE’ to reflect its iterative nature, may ship with a Lightning-to-audio dongle and still end up selling better than the current-generation iPhone 6s, which hasn’t quite lived up to Apple’s internal expectations.

That’s according to a Deutsche Bank research note issued to clients last week, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider. The investment bankers also shared their predictions for the next iPhone’s features, based on their supply checks. Read More

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