Young currently works as an industry analyst following stints in the display divisions of both GE and Samsung.
Reports of late have suggested that Apple plans to revamp the iPad mini with a design similar to that of the latest iPad Air and iPad Pro. Now, credible Apple tipster Ross Young has corroborated that possibility in a series of tweets.
The iPad mini looks fundamentally the same as it did when it was first released back in 2012, and it sits in a weird place in Apple’s tablet lineup. It’s small and portable, which could make it good for lounging around the house. But its 7.9-inch display is not a lot larger than those found in today’s smartphones. And confusingly, the iPad mini costs $70 more than a larger 10.2-inch iPad with nearly identical internal specs.
New reporting corroborates rumors that Apple will revamp the iPad mini this year with a larger display.
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PORTABILITY — Whereas it’s hard to recommend the iPad mini today, a revamped design could be interesting. Young says the new iPad mini will drop the home button and make room for a larger 8.3-inch display, which supports earlier reporting from Bloomberg. Apple will likely continue using Touch ID for authentication but move the sensor to the sleep / wake button, as it did when it redesigned the iPad Air.
If all of these rumors are correct, the iPad mini could be easier to recommend to people who absolutely value portability. The tablet has its fans — people who want something that fills the gap between a phone and a bulky laptop or tablet. That’s the idea Apple had in mind when it released the iPad mini, it’s just that it lost some of its lustre as smartphone screens started becoming bigger.
Are the new MW08 Sport the best wireless workout earbuds?
The MW08 Sport maintains the huge battery life and other features of the original MW08 earbuds but promise greater durability.
Master & Dynamic
7.27.2021 10:42 PM
Another day, another pair of noise-canceling earbuds, this time from premium headphone makers, Master & Dynamic, though, not from Nothing. Though the true wireless earbuds market is already crowded with expensive noise-canceling offerings, such as Sony’s WF-1000XM4 and Jabra’s Elite 85t, these buds go after the workout crowd, adding features that can weather the wear and tear that comes with burning calories and pouring sweat.
Master & Dynamic’s MW08 Sport launch today, with a price of $349 — the buds are available in four colors. They’re a follow-up to the MW08 that launched earlier this year, which we liked. The only big drawback was a lack of wireless charging, but that’s no longer an issue. Alongside the earbuds, the brand is also releasing the MC100 wireless charging pad for $69. Master & Dynamic MW08 sport with shatter-resistant sapphire glass coating
The earbuds look sleek and made from a shatter-resistant material.Master & Dynamic
TOUGHER THAN THEY LOOK — With a luxury look that feels more at home at an office rather than a gym, the D-shaped earbuds don’t appear to be a solid option for working out with at first glance. However, the shiny finish of the earbuds’ surface isn’t just an aesthetic design choice as the body of each bud is made from shatter-resistant sapphire glass. Not only that, it has an IPX5 rating, meaning it’s okay against low-pressure water sprays from any direction. For working out, that should be more than enough with Master & Dynamic promising the buds are “built to withstand any workout.”
To drive that point home even further, the buds are housed in a case made of kevlar of all things. I’m not sure who’s routinely working out in a battlefield, or dropping their buds off a cliff, but, you know, good on Master & Dynamic for doing what it can to justify its price point. The buds are also made for comfort, including foam ear tips in two sizes that can better fit the shape of your ear — silicone ear tips are also included in five sizes. One feature that stands out, in particular, is the addition of physical buttons, a feature rarely seen anymore. The buttons make interacting with your buds less complicated, especially when your hands are sweaty or dirty from working out and won’t function properly with touch controls.
PREMIUM INTERNALS — Of course, these days no pair of truly wireless earbuds is complete without noise cancellation, with the MW08 Sport relying on Qualcomm’s Hybrid Active Noise-Cancellation. I’m sure the noise cancellation is good, but what I’m most excited about is the two ambient listening modes that let in external sound to remain aware of your surroundings. It’s a feature that lower-priced noise-canceling earbuds sometimes lack, and it can be extremely useful when going on a run to stay alert of oncoming traffic. Ambient listening is maybe my favorite feature on my old pair of Jabra Elite 65t — I use it when listening to podcasts when I cook as they help me be more present in the kitchen. Inside the buds are 11mm Beryllium drivers, which should produce great sound with support for three audio codecs: AAC, SBC, and Qualcomm aptX Adaptive. With Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connectivity, the buds have over 100 feet of range. Each earbud is equipped with six microphones that use proprietary noise reduction to mitigate external sounds such as wind or loud ambient sounds. At a time when many are still working from home and attending Zoom meetings, this feature is much appreciated.
Master & Dynamic MC100 wireless charging pad for MW08 earbuds
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