AirPods : Wireless earphones by Apple

AirPods : wireless earphones 

Product made by Apple

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The AirPods is Apple’s latest wireless earphones that are very convenient. They contain apple’s latest own custom designed chip called the W1 that helps optimize battery use and processes the Bluetooth connection as well as audio. It has up to 5 hours of usage time while the box to contain the AirPods has up to 24 hours worth of battery to charge the AirPods, 15 minutes of charging is equivalent to 3 hours of use. The Air Pods are immediately connected to your devices when it is taken out of the box and can be used straight a way with the box charging the AirPods the moment they are kept. The AirPods also have sensors to sense if it is in your ear or not so that it can play and stop when it is in or out of the ear respectively with the ability to use one or both of the AirPods at any one moment. The Airpods also has a voice accelerometer that recognizes when you’re speaking and works with a pair of beamforming microphones to filter out external noise and focus on the sound of your voice. AirPods provide rich, high-quality AAC audio and wireless charging. It also has sensors to detect your touch so that it can activate Siri with just a double tap, of which can be changed in settings so that the AirPods can do what you what when you double tap.

There are also some complains about the AirPods like the battery’s idle discharge being too high, people thinking that the AirPods can fall out and go missing when in use and the high price of SGD$238. The battery problem has been solve when Apple upgraded the AirPods’ firmware to 3.5.1 while the Airpods falling out is almost impossible as it is made to fit perfectly and for the high price, it is very worth the price that it cost.

AirPods
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For more info of AirPods, Apple’s latest wireless earphones, click here to go to Apple’s website.

iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017)

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iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017)

The iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017) is a great update to the already amazing iPad Pro (9.7, 2016). With its larger screen and very fast processing, the new iPad Pro can even stand in some laptops.

Features

The new iPad Pro comes with a handy stylus with you can use to interact with the the tablet with more precision, and helps when you try to draw some picture. The iPad also has a a 12-megapixel rear camera with a True Tone flash feature and a 7-megapixel front camera, pretty good cameras in you intend to take pictures with it. It also has touch Id, allowing you to lag in using your finger tips.

Operating system

The current operating system that the iPad Pro is currently using is IOS 11, allowing users to drag and drop and open three apps at the same time with  one hovering above the other two splitscreen ones.

How it compares to other devices

Against:

iPad Pro(9.7-inch,2016):  iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017) is a slightly superior version of its predecessor, with a quicker Touch ID button, slightly bigger key board and slightly bigger screen, without sacrificing much in the factor of weight. It is clearly the better device.

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017): The Microsoft Surface Pro runs Windows 10, which trumps over the iPad Pro’s IOS 11, with Windows 10 being able full versions of traditional Win32 software as well as Java apps and Flash, all of which the IOS 11 cannot compete with. Not only that, the Windows 10 can multitask with 3-4 tabs, more than the 3 of the IOS 11. For the Microsoft Surface Pro, they have basic Type Cover is $129 with fancier color versions covered with Alcantara fabric for $169. For the iPad Pro, Apple’s Smart Keyboard is $159. Both keyboards provide an amazing typing experience, but the basic Microsoft keyboard is cheaper, has hinges to adjust the screen and has a track pad, beating Apple’s Smart keyboard out of the water.

Specifications

Price Starts at SGD$968
Display 12.9-inch, 2,732×2,048 resolution (264 ppi)
Processor A10X Fusion chip
RAM 4GB, 1600MHz
Storage 64GB, 256GB or 512GB
Wireless Dual-band 802.11ac; Bluetooth 4.2
Ports Lightning connector, Smart Connector 3.5mm headphone jack
Cameras Front: 7-megapixel; Rear: 12-megapixel
OS iOS 11

Pros

The iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017) is a clear improvement over the previous iPad Pro, making it the superior iPad, almost able to replace some laptops.

Cons

With worse accessories and operating system compared to the Microsoft Surface Pro(2017), it is objectively the worse than the Microsoft Surface Pro(2017).

Overview 

Despite being a great device, that people who love the Apple brand should enjoy.

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Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2016)

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Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2016)

Introducing, Apple’s new laptop, the Macbook Pro, with a touch bar. The new computer is slimmer and lighter than it’s predecessors, making it a slightly more transportable device. In this model, Apple has also removed all it’s legacy ports for Thunderbolt 3-powered USB-C, forcing you to have to buy a whole bunch of dongles. The main touch of this model is, of course the touch bar, that replaces the function keys.

Features

The macbook’s key feature is of course, is the mini slice of an ipad know as the touch bar, located at the top of the keyboard. The touch bar has a fingerprint scanner, allowing users to use Apple pay and Touch ID. It also allows you to adjust brightness and volume and works with other apps, which for now are mostly apple made apps but more 3rd party support is inevitable.

Pros

The macbook is currently the best macbook on the market with the touch bar making some task a little simpler and quicker. Also, being smaller and lighter than the rest of the macbook family, it is easier and more convenient to transport, making for better for using on the go.

Cons

One of the main problems is the large number of dongles required to get the legacy ports back, which some may find rather annoying. Also the computer runs at 16GB of RAM, which some find a little too low, expecting 32GB as a benchmark for the RAM. Also the lack of third party support is rather disappointing. All factors driving people away from macbook and to windows.

Specs

Operating system macOS Sierra
Display size/resolution 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600
PC CPU 2.9GHz Intel Core i5
PC Memory 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3
Graphics Intel Iris Graphics 550
Storage 256GB PCIe SSD
Networking 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.2
Price USD$1699

Overall

This is the ultimate macbook for now, with the addition of the touch bar, despite trading of several features.

 

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iPhone 8

         iPhone 8 released

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The iPhone 7 and 7plus had just been released on 16 September 2016 and the impossible design for iPhone 8 had been released. It has a totally complicated as unlike the other older versions of iPhone, the whole front of the phone is the screen. That means that Apple remove the physical home button, which from iPhone 5s  onwards, have the Touch ID function, and incorporated it into the screen.

iPhone 7            
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iPhone 8
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As you can see, Apple had made many changes between iPhone 7 and 8 like the position of the camera, size of screen, so on and so forth.

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Apple also changed the screen to an “all glass” construction with a curved 5.8 inch OLED edge-to-edge display. This is a big change and Apple plan to do it on their 10th anniversary. For the first time in the iPhone development, the phone can support wireless charging. It also have Face-scanning technology. With all the new functions and upgrades, it caused the price to skyrocket up tremendously. It shot up from USD$699.99 of the iPhone 7 to over USD$1000 of the iPhone 8!

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To further make the phone better, the iphone 8 is also pressure sensitive like the iphone 7 and 6s. This opens more doors for more functions to be added in in the future…

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According to my preference, I will definitely buy the product as it is has awesome designs and also has the wireless charging feature. Say goodbye to messy wires…

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Apple’s iPhone 7

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The new iPhone 7  has a new and improved front and rear cameras that take higher quality pictures(12-megapixel camera)(Digital zoom up to 5x), especially in low lighting. It has a faster processor and slightly better battery life. It is also waterproof now. However despite the upsides, there is always flaws to phones.The new iPhone does not have a headphone jack and the jet black version of it is easily scratched. If you already own a decent iPhone and want to upgrade it, the iPhone 7 plus may be a better choice.

Even though this iPhone is not really “new”-no new features and seems like a copy of the iPhone 6, it is faster, more waterproof so now if it drops in a cup of water it would still work. The camera is now better in low light, and the battery life increase is slightly noticeable. Take note that the main screen button is now touch screen so it will not physically click then you press it.

If you are not rushing to get a new phone you can wait to September of 2017 when it is Apple’s tenth anniversary and it is rumored that there there is a major design change in the new iPhone then.Who knows maybe this model is purposely made not as impressive as it could have been so that the ten year anniversary phone would stand out much more as it would be much better than this model.

Overall I think that you should not buy this iPhone if you are not going to use the new camera a ton, as i think better feature that matters more. The new processor (A10 processor) may be better than the iPhone 6 but keep in mind that the iPhone 6’s processor (A8 Processor), the  is already pretty impressive. So there really isn’t anything new in this iPhone.

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Apple Macbook (2016)

It was designed to be small and lightweight but, in the process, it lost to other similar models in terms of other functions. It, even though was designed to be light, was still defeated by Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 which weighs 0.85kg compared to the Apple MacBook which weighs 0.9kg. Its dimensions are 0.52 by 11.04 by 7.74 inches or 1.3 by 28 by 19.7 centimetres. Considering this, one will have no problem fitting it in a 13-inch laptop bag and maybe even a bag made for 10-inch tablets. It has the butterfly-keyboard, Forcetouch track pad and uses USB-C, which may or may not be bad depending on the user for the following reasons. Firstly, most reviews on the Force touch trackpad was negative but many of them were due to the users not being used to it. Secondly, it uses USB-C and most people don’t have it, many are forced to buy USB-C-to-DisplayPort and USB-C-to-Ethernet cables from third party companies. Lastly, the butterfly-keyboard will feel uncomfortable for a varying period of time depending on the user. The keys are larger causing the gap to decrease but the key’s centre to centre is still the same. Thunderbolt 3 support is also not added into the MacBook even though it uses the same port as the USB-C.

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iPad Mini 2

I’m sure everyone has heard of the iPad by now, some people may want a tablet but find it too big for them, well the iPad Mini 2 might be for you. With its light and thin design, it would not be much of a burden to carry it around and is also easy to keep.

It uses the iOS 9 which is the most recent and secure version of the operating system. There is a 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB models where you can choose from.

Don’t let the size of the iPad fool you, it is still able to perform basic tasks like surfing the internet or playing casual games. It is installed it with the A7 Chip which is quite responsive, powerful and power efficient, having a battery life of around 10 hours (may vary from users).

Using 802.11n with MIMO, it is able to provide a faster internet connection making streaming videos more enjoyable as the chance of it buffering is severely reduced. It also supports 4G which is small but makes a big significance as you’re able load things more quickly and stream videos on YouTube or any media sharing platform in high quality.

It comes with a 7.9-Inch Retina Display which are able to capture sharper and detailed photos. The screen is sharp and colourful so that it is enjoyable for viewing.

When you purchase the iPad Mini 2, it comes a Lighting to USB cable and a USB Power Adapter.

Overall, the iPad Mini 2 is good budget iPad if features aren’t a problem. Some who had used certain Apple Phones and Tablets may know that it comes with a TouchID Sensor which the iPad Mini 2 lacks. The iPad Mini is cheaper than most Apple products where it costs from S$398.00 to S$648.00. In conclusion, if you’re looking for a tablet to do basic functions like surfing the web, streaming videos or play casual games, this maybe a perfect tablet for you.

 

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Mac Pro

The Mac Pro has powerful hardware, and can output up to three 4K displays simultaneously. However it has a hefty price of around $3000. It is meant for professional use and not very suitable for home use. So it is probably not the best idea to purchase it for home use as it is pretty costly.

This new version’s interior space has about a tenth of the old Mac Pro and it is very significant when put side by side. It can still be used for home-use however it is not recommended as it is costly as I mentioned and it is not the best way to spend your money. The smaller design is aimed to be more efficient and cooling. The noise level of this item is also more quiet than the Mac Mini. It is appealing in design and performs greatly.

Overall, I personally will not purchase this product to use as leisure due to its price and you can probably use the money on another computer without as much features that we do not use. However it can be incredibly good when for professional use as it in most cases work well and faster than most other high-end Windows desktops.

Audeze Sine

Looking like an ordinary headphone, the Audeze Sine actually has lots of quality up its sleeves. For a first, it features planar magnetic drivers. This technology is meant to lower the device’s rate of distortion, get stronger bass and have more responsiveness by making use of electromagnetic force. Next it also offers a Cipher Lightning headphone cable which you can choose to purchase together with the headphone. Thus you would be able to listen through the lightning cable if your device contains the Lightning port.

The Sine looks relatively simple. Covered in leather with earcups made of sturdy metal, it doesn’t have a really complex and unique design to make it stand out but it does have some small details which makes it really convenient. For example, its cord is tangle-resistant and is also detachable so you will be able to switch between the Lightning and the default cables. The Lightning cable is also said to improve the headphone’s performance. However, this performance boost does come at a cost of taking up more battery from your phone. The Lightning cable also has an integrated microphone, which is unfortunately not available on the standard cable, so that you would be able to make calls with it.

The Audeze Sine sounds really revealing and clear so it’ll sound really similar to the source itself. Compared to other headphones at this price range, the Sine performs really well and really shows its worth in this aspect. Along with its planar magnetic drivers its sound really proves how its popularity did not come by luck at all.

Spearheading the new technology of planar magnetic drivers, the Sine is definitely a headphone you should consider if you are looking for something high – end sounding but yet not all that unaffordable. Even though it doesn’t have spectacular features or unexplored technology, I strongly believe that the Sine is worth a listen.

 

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iPhone 6S Plus

The iPhone 6S plus has a bigger battery, a larger screen than an iPhone 6.The Plus gets you a 5.5-inch display instead of the 4.7-inch one of the iPhone 6S. And while the Plus’s camera sensor and resolution is identical to that on the smaller iPhone, it adds optical image stabilization, which can deliver more blur-free photos in certain light conditions (especially if you’re zooming).I think it is suitable for gaming , watching videos and stuff like that due to the big screen.

This iPhone has better speed and the new A9 and 2GB RAM makes it feel faster than normal phones the apps also load better and faster.The camera is upgraded but if you are such a serious photographer that you take note of the small difference , you might as well get a camera.The only obvious difference is when you take a picture while zooming in.

However , this iPhone still cannot replace an iPad or tablet.Also some apps still do not optimize for the iPhone 6S Plus’s larger screen.In my opinion its battery life makes up for that as it can last throughout the day even without using power-saving mode.

Its average price is around $870 and if I could afford it I would definitely purchase it.For its better speed larger screen and camera performance although the camera is not much different than the 6S. Its battery life still can be improved though.

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