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Qi2 Compatibility May Be Coming to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14

By Ross Denyer / December 20, 2023
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Currently, the majority of Apple’s recent iPhones are only able to wirelessly charge at 15W using a MagSafe charger. By comparison, using a Qi-certified charger will only yield charging speeds of up to 7.5W (for chargers capable of providing at least 7.5W charging speeds). This is set to change with the release of the upcoming […]

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How Apple’s New iPhone15 Charging Features Further Support its Sustainability Efforts

By Ryan Sanderson / September 14, 2023
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Apple announced the eagerly awaited iPhone 15 yesterday during its annual September event which also revealed the new Series 9 Apple Watch and a suite of accessories. The theme for this year’s event seemed to be Apple’s focus on sustainability. The new Apple Watch was revealed as its first-ever carbon-neutral product, reportedly meeting its strict […]

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Belkin and Anker Announce First Qi2 Compatible Products

By Ross Denyer / September 14, 2023
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​Belkin and Anker, two of the biggest players in the consumer electronics wireless charging industry, have both announced their first wireless charging Tx devices with Qi2 compatibility. Belkin has introduced a 3-in1 charging pad coming toward the end of 2023 and a second charger that can be converted from a pad to a stand will […]

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Exotic New Silicon-Based Speakers Are Coming to Next-Generation Earbuds

By Peter Cooney / August 15, 2023
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MEMS speakers design wins are starting to accelerate, and the technology is being recognised by more media outlets. Recently I was invited to help WSJ journalist Christopher Mims with an article discussing the market, highlighting two vendors xMEMS and uSound. Here are some of the quotes from me, for more details please view the full article […]

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Wires vs Lossless Codecs

By Joe Murray / August 1, 2023
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​Apple has just released the latest product from their subsidiary, Beats. The new Beats Studio Pro’s, which retail for $349.99, ironically still comes with wired connections. Despite Apple being the company that inspired many others to drop any connection holes from smartphones in the first place. This has been done to allow users to stream […]

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Apple Vision Pro

By Joe Murray / June 22, 2023
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​As expected, Apple has just announced their first entry into the Extended Reality market. The Apple Vision Pro. Set to release in early 2024 and selling at a base price of $3,499, the new device will spark new life into the mixed reality market. Currently, the only large-scale device that uses mixed reality (a combination […]

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AI in Consumer Devices

By Joe Murray / June 22, 2023
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​It has been announced that Wimbledon will team up with IBM to produce AI-generated commentary. Within the last year, AI has been at the forefront of the news with new stories out every week on the latest developments in machine learning and artificial intelligence which has been driven by the introduction of Transformer neural networks […]

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Wired Earbuds Are Cool Again

By Kian Rayment / May 10, 2023
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Wired earbuds were becoming a thing of the past – until now? There is still growth in the TWS market, which is why sometimes the prospect of wired earbuds goes amiss. However, the concept does make complete sense if you think about it. The Magnesium V3 Entry level IEMs piqued my interest this week. Ear […]

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Will Apple abandon button design change?

By Peter Cooney / April 26, 2023
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​This article and its source refer to rumours that the iPhone 15 Pro will abandon its use of a solid state button with haptic feedback. The use of this type of virtual button has been expected for a few years and SAR discussed this in its haptics focused research (see Haptics Hardware). If the rumours are true, this […]

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NuraTrue Pro earbuds offer custom sound and exceptional spatial audio

By Kian Rayment / March 27, 2023
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​We hear the term ‘spatial audio’ being used a lot in in the tech world. It’s also sometimes referred to as ‘3D audio’, or ‘immersive audio’. It can get quite confusing, especially when there are two technologies which could both be referred to by any of these terms. As these technologies are relatively new, there are not […]

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