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If we have just released some AirPods, this is all we can do with them

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AirPods have been on the rise since even before they were released. They have become very popular both for their comfort as well as its ease of use and quality. This has made them an excellent gift, so if we are reading this article it is very possible that we have just released AirPods. A good time to review what you can do with them.

Obviously, we know that we can listen to music, but the truth is that there are several details that may not be seen with the *text muted* eye and that complement and complete the AirPods user experience. Details such as the playback control options, the customization that we can make of the spatial audio and many others. Without further ado, let’s go through the list of possibilities.

Very complete headphones, although they do not appear to be

As we have already said, obviously we know that we can listen to music -perhaps by activating the Transparency Mode-, but, in addition, we can control the reproduction very easily. In the case of AirPods Pro and AirPods 3, we exercise control by pressing the leg of the same earphone. We can pause with one press, go to the next track with two, go to the previous one with three and access Siri with a long press. We can also go back and forth by pressing two or three times without releasing the last pressure we make.

AirPods are also great for making phone calls. When they call us, a simple press on the paw will answer, while at the end another press will hang up the call. Also, if our hands are full, we can use Siri by saying “Hey Siri pick up,” “Hey Siri calls Mom,” and, having activated it beforehand, “Hey Siri hangs up.”

In AirPods Pro 2, we can adjust the playback volume sliding the headphone pin up or down. A feature that is unique to these headphones. In the others, we can rotate the digital crown of our Apple Watch, directly go to the buttons of the iPhone or ask Siri to raise or lower the volume for us.


Speaking of Siri, AirPods are a great way to use our favorite assistant. Without the need to go to the iPhone, just by wearing the headphones, we can organize reminders, calendar events, do calculations, send messages, initiate calls, execute shortcuts, and much more. Something really comfortable for those moments when we are busy with other activities.

Thanks to AirPods we can share the audio from our device with other people. Once we have connected ours, it is enough for the other person to open the case of theirs next to our iPhone or iPad for the system to ask us if we want to share the audio. In that case, we will both enjoy a song, podcast or movie in a totally synchronized wayeach with their own AirPods.

Finally, remember that we can use AirPods with other devices, in addition to those of Apple. All we have to do is press and hold the button on the back of the AirPods case and then locate the headphones from the device’s bluetooth menu.

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As we see, There are many options offered by our new AirPods. Options that make these headphones an excellent way to enjoy our Apple devices even more. The list could still go on, in fact, but for now, let’s focus on enjoying these features of our new AirPods.

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Apple is preparing iOS 16.3.1, which will be available soon

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The latest update is iOS 16.3 and the next will be iOS 16.3.1. MacRumors has spotted traces of devices running under this version, thus confirming that Apple is currently preparing this update which, one imagines, will be corrective.

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There is currently no information regarding the fixes that iOS 16.3.1 will offer for iPhone users. Same speech for iPadOS 16.3.1 on the side of the iPad. The update should be coming soon. It is possible that Apple offers it directly without going through the beta phase.

For its part, iOS 16.3 saw the light of day in final version on January 23rd. There were a few new additions to the program, including support for physical security keys, support for HomePod 2, advanced data protection for iCloud encryption, and other changes.

It is also to be expected that Apple will offer iOS 16.4. For once, it is quite surprising to see that Apple has still not offered a beta. It generally arrives more or less quickly after the availability of the final version of an intermediate update. Except that there is nothing new since January 23 with iOS 16.3.

We also recently saw that Apple was testing devices running iOS 17. But that’s absolutely no surprise. The presentation of iOS 17 should logically take place in June during WWDC.

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Seven little-known shortcuts for the iPhone, but essential in my day to day

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The Shortcuts app is that app on our iPhone —also iPad and Mac— that we never open it until some specific shortcut makes us see its usefulness and then we use it every day too. There are many times that I have seen this story up close and with that in mind today I have compiled seven little-known shortcuts that are essential in my day to day.

I generally try to keep my shortcuts to a minimum, to avoid having to dig through too many options once I’m in the app or on an item’s share sheet, but I use the ones I have very regularly. Some, in fact, are shortcuts of shortcuts, bringing together options with a menu to choose from. In any case, without getting ahead of events, let’s start at the beginning.

An app that always adapts to our needs

The shortcut that I use the most in my day to day is the one that ChatGPT brings to Siri, which we already talked about in another article. A shortcut that allows us talk to OpenAI artificial intelligence using Sirithat is, by voice, and at the same time being able to write directly, just a touch away on the iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch.

My second favorite shortcut is very simple, but really useful. I call it SafariWatch and it allows me browse the internet from the Apple Watch very comfortably. It is true that we can open any website that we receive, for example, in a message, directly on the watch, but what I wanted was faster access to specific sites. When I launch SafariWatch, it asks me if I want to use my bookmarks or enter a URL, and I’m automatically on the site I want to see.

Another shortcut I use a lot is a really simple one. Word Count does exactly that, counting both the words and the characters, with spaces, of the text that is on the clipboard at run time. useful for see if a tweet or toot will fit on your site or if a headline is too long, for example.


ChatGPT in Siri format or as Shortcut on iPhone.

Creating a random and strong password in Safari is very easy, but sometimes we need a password and we are not registering with any specific site. In these cases how do we create a password? Easy with the Password shortcut that with a single execution copies a random password to the clipboard and also saves it in Reminders to prevent us from losing it by copying other elements.

Links is another shortcut that is vital in my day to day. It is quite personal, so I am not going to share it here, but I am going to tell you about its dynamics. It’s about a repository of important links that I have to access regularly. Instead of having to consult a note, for example, I run the shortcut and it presents me with a menu with all the options. A simple tap on the one I need and it’s copied to the clipboard, ready to paste wherever you need it.

Another shortcut that I find really useful deals with place Applesfera watermarks directly on photos which then has to be published. To simplify management as much as possible and make it as compact as possible, it contains the images in Base64 and, before executing the overlay action, decodes them. Then save the resulting images to your desktop, ready to be uploaded to any article.

Finally, my list is completed by a shortcut that we have already talked about in Applesfera. One that allows us to turn Safari into an RSS reader using a shortcut and the reading list. A form of be aware of some publications without having to resort to third-party apps or services and being able to check the news on our iPhone, iPad or Mac very easily.

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Undoubtedly each of us can make this same list and the result will be clearly different. In fact, this is one of the strengths of the Shortcuts app, which adapts to our needs and even evolves with the way we use our devices. An app that enhances any of the ones we already have and that brings our iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch closer to greater efficiency.

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Apple and Google must ban TikTok according to a US senator

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Michael Bennet, a Democratic US Senator from Colorado, is calling on Apple and Google to ban the TikTok app from the App Store and Play Store respectively. He cites national security reasons.

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The TikTok social network is controlled by the Chinese group ByteDance and it has already been accused of collecting user data and then sharing it with the Chinese government. The company has always denied these accusations, but doubts remain among some politicians, especially in the United States.

So here is US Senator Michael Bennet who wrote a letter to Tim Cook (Apple boss) and Sundar Pichai (Google boss) asking them to ban TikTok, saying that no company subject to the “The dictates of the Chinese Communist Party should not have the power to accumulate so much data on the American people or provide content to nearly a third of our population”. He writes :

TikTok’s vast influence and aggressive data collection pose a specific threat to US national security because of its parent company’s obligations under Chinese law. Article 7 of China’s National Intelligence Law decrees that any organization or citizen must support, assist and cooperate with state intelligence work. Article 14 gives Chinese state security agencies the power to demand cooperation from companies like ByteDance, while Articles 16 and 17 allow intelligence officers to access relevant materials and files and use its communication tools and facilities.

He goes on to cite a June 2022 article revealing that TikTok employees had access to US user data between September 2021 and January 2022. “Everything is seen in China”had indicated an employee of the social network.

In view of the situation, the senator concludes his letter by stating: “Given these serious and growing concerns, I urge you to immediately remove TikTok from your respective app stores”.

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