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Are the ‘AirPods SE’ coming? Clues of a budget version of the headphones appear

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Everything becomes more expensive, inflation and the value of the dollar act in unison… and of course, in the end the market has a limit and the public cuts spending. And that is why perhaps Apple may have thought of launch a new cheaper AirPods modelseeking to reach all pockets.

This is what they have been able to read from 9to5Mac, whose team has had access to a report by analyst Jeff Pu (currently a member of Haitong Intl Tech Research). Apple’s idea would be smooth the decline in sales forecast for 2023.

If there is no more demand, lower the price

The source speaks of a “soft” demand for AirPods 3, which may cause 63 million units of the range of headphones to be sold by 2023. They are 10 million units less than in 2022, which would affect the growth of Apple’s accessories division.

Apple has continued to sell the AirPods 2 for €159 as a budget option, but the strategy doesn’t seem to be working. So the plan would be create a cropped version of AirPods, with fewer features and a much more attractive price. Let’s remember the case of the HomePod mini: 99 euros was much more convincing than the 329 euros of the failed original model.

It would be a good way to attract the lowest budgets, offering a gateway so that in the future they will think about acquiring higher-end models. We will have to keep waiting, since there are still very few rumors, not even about AirPods 4.

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She doesn’t play Hogwarts Legacy, but Siri can cast Harry Potter spells

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what better way to Turn on the kitchen lights than exclaiming Lumos Maxima? The movement of the wand with the iPhone in hand is optional, yes, but the effect is, to say the least, striking. Undoubtedly more striking if we are in the company of a Hogwarts Legacy enthusiast or if we are ourselves.

And we are not just talking about the lights in the kitchen, the Harry Potter spells can be used to turn on the flashlight, lower the volume of our iPhone or iPad, activate the Do Not Disturb mode and several other possibilities. all this, made possible by Siri and the Shortcuts app.

Siri Potter and the Philosopher iPhone

The Shortcuts app on our iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch allows us to perform actions—streams of actions, in fact—with the press of a button. In addition, the name that we put to the shortcut in question goes directly to Siri, so, by saying “Hey Siri, shortcut name” the system takes care of everything. It is precisely thanks to this that we can control our device and home with the Harry Potter spells.

As a reminder, comment that creating a new Shortcut on our iPhone is as easy as opening the app, touching the “+” at the top right, find the actions at the bottom and then touch them to add them, in order, to the shortcut itself. Then, at the top, we touch the name of the shortcut to choose rename and choose both how to identify it and how to activate it. A simple okay ends the task.

From here we only have to see what spells we would like to use and how to give them a real utility in our devices. There are many ideas, and each of us will consider different possibilities, but let’s review some of the possibilitiesavoiding the unforgivable curses:

  • Lumos Maxima: with a shortcut that uses the action adjust flashlight a Activate and the brightness to the maximum.
  • Nox: with the action of adjust flashlight a Deactivate
  • sound: using the action adjust volume to 100%.
  • quietus: using the action adjust volume at 50%
  • Silence: with action Define concentration mode in Activate and choosing Do not disturb.
  • action [Nombre de una app]: with action open app and choosing the one that interests us.
  • Alohomora: with the action of control homechoosing our smart lock and requesting it to open.
  • Muffliato: using the action adjust volume at 0%.
  • Sternius: can work with a Shortcut containing Select File and then play sound having selected one of a sneeze.

If we add to these ideas the control of devices in our home and the sensors of the HomePod, the possibilities are even greater. Tools? Well to some extent yes. And being good fans of Harry Potter, surely very easy to remember to carry out some actions quickly and leave more than one surprised.

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Apple Maps: a flaw would have allowed applications to access the location of users without their knowledge

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Users with an iPhone or iPad can allow or deny access to their location, allowing or denying applications to have this data. A flaw (corrected with iOS 16.3) seems to have allowed any application to obtain the information, without the user’s consent.

iOS 16.3 corrects a flaw which has the identifier CVE-2023-23503, but whose technical details have not yet been revealed. Apple only advises that it relates to Maps, that an app may be able to bypass privacy preferences, and that a logic issue has been resolved with better state management.

It appears that the flaw in question allowed location tracking regardless of user preferences and, according to blogger Rodrigo Ghedin, at least one company has exploited the vulnerability. This is iFood, a Brazilian meal delivery company. A user, who had an iPhone under iOS 16.2, noticed that the iFood application was able to know his location, although he had not given his consent at the iOS level. This is no longer the case since he installed iOS 16.3.

A few questions can be asked: how long has this vulnerability existed? What other applications have used it? How much location data has been collected through it?

iFood did not comment, as did Apple. But it is unlikely that the iPhone manufacturer will discuss the subject because the technical details of the security flaw have not yet been disclosed. The band certainly expects most users to have iOS 16.3 installed.

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A green comet is visiting us. So you can locate it in the sky with your iPhone

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You may have heard of the so-called ‘green comet’ that is passing close to Earth these days. Its scientific name is C/2022 E3 (ZTF), and it will be so striking that we can see it with the *text muted* eye in the night sky. The last time it “grazed” our planet was 50,000 years ago, when Neanderthals were the predominant human species. It has rained ever since.

If you want to take advantage of this unique opportunity to see a comet in greenish tones in our sky, you have to be clear about two things: the first is that you will have to get up early, because the best time to see it is before dawn. The second is that you will have to locate the quadrant in which it will appear, but that It is something that we can easily do with the iPhone.

Download, Accept and Aim

The trick is to download the Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF app, available for free on the App Store. Once you have it, you just have to press the first button that appears:


The application will ask you for permission to know your location (essential for it to work properly) and it will show you a map of the firmament with all the constellations adapted to your position. Point the iPhone towards the sky and turn until you find the red comet symbol:

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Visibility is better from the northern hemisphere, it seems, although that doesn’t mean that it won’t be possible to locate it from the southern hemisphere.

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From here, being able to see it depends more on you and the weather conditions at the time. The maximum point of visibility is tonight and the following (February 2), so set a reminder on your devices if you don’t want to miss it. I don’t think we’ll be around when you next visit us in another 50,000 years.

Image | Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3), Guillermo Ferla

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