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The AirPods Pro will cost as much as a new phone

New form factor will be noise-canceling

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Be honest; how many times have you lost an AirPod? Once? Twice? Naturally, you’ll never hear anyone admit it. Apple doesn’t even have quantifiable data on AirPod replacements. If anything, Apple’s AirPods were still the world’s best-selling wireless hearables in 2018, according to Counterpoint Research. People are heavily buying into the ecosystem. And we’re not even done yet.

In a few months, Apple fans will start throwing even more money at Apple. According to new information, Apple will launch a premium AirPods variant, the AirPods Pro, during the holiday season.

Embedded deep in the iOS 13.2 beta, Apple included a new glyph that supposedly depicts the new hearables. Most notably, the glyph includes a couple of very distinct ear plugs. Unlike the open AirPods, the AirPods Pro will likely have an in-ear, noise canceling form factor.

Further, a China Economic Daily report has revealed information about its eventual release. Besides having an in-ear form factor, it will also have a noise-canceling listening mode, similar to other noise-canceling headphones today.

According to the report, the AirPods Pro will launch around the end of October. It will launch for at least TWD 8,000 (or around US$ 260). The new price tag is a huge step-up from Apple’s previous releases.

In March, Apple launched the second generation of AirPods. The newly released AirPods launched for only around US$ 175. The AirPods Pro lives up to its “Pro” moniker. As such, losing one of these things can come incredibly costly. A single pair costs as much as a midrange smartphone today.

Finally, Chinese OEMS have already begun shipping out potential accessories for the next Apple AirPods. For example, the photo above is supposedly housing for the new model’s charging case. From the get-go, the AirPods Pro is already a much bigger beast compared to the older models.

Thankfully, it won’t be long before the end of October. We’ll finally get our hands on these pricey things soon.

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MG is the official mobility partner of 30th Southeast Asian Games

A special partnership for the company

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MG or Morris Garages has signed an agreement with the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) and Mediapro Asia to be the official mobility partner of the 30th SEA Games and the 10th ASEAN Para Games.

There will be 80 MG vehicles to feature the 30th SEA Games logo and these will be used to transport athletes and teams to and from games. These special edition MG 30th SEA Games edition vehicles will be scattered and seen in various parts of the country during the much-awaited, multi-sport biennial event.

The full lineup of MG vehicles including the MG 5 sedan, the RX5 SUV, the ZS Crossover SUV, and the MG 6 Fastback Sedan will be featured during the entirety of the 30th SEA Games.

This partnership is part of MG wanting to channel youthful energy as well as celebrate the pursuit of excellence. According to the company, the same values that drive MG forward: discipline, honesty, innovation, hard work, character, and fun are mirrored in each and every SEA Games athlete.

MG Philippines President & CEO Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla, says: “To be part of the 30th Southeast Asian games—an edition that features so many milestones and firsts—is a distinct honor for us at MG Philippines. As the Official Mobility Partner of the 30th SEA Games, we are grateful to provide meaningful assistance to all local and international athletes and teams by equipping them with safe, comfortable, and stylish rides for the duration of the games.”

 

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Redmi K30 could have a 120Hz display, 60MP camera

Another premium offering is on its way

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The rumor mills are overclocking and suggest Redmi could have a surprise for all of us. At the Xiaomi Developer Conference (MIDC), Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirmed that the Redmi K30 5G will launch in December.

According to strings in MIUI 11’s code, Redmi K30 will reportedly feature a 120Hz display, a feature that has been limited to flagship phones for now. XDA-Developers has spotted the mention in MIUI 11 nightly builds of an upcoming Xiaomi smartphone codenamed “Phoenix”, which is tipped to debut as the Redmi K30.

The code also suggests it’ll have a dual-camera punch-hole cutout and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The final major feature spotted was confirmation that the device supports Sony’s IMX686 camera sensor

Redmi has successfully turned itself into a separate brand this year and they’ve been experimenting with new waters. Earlier, the brand was restricted to the affordable segment and had ancillary revenue sources like ads to offer aggressive pricing.

This slightly changed with the launch of the Redmi K20 series. Targeted as a premium offering, it came with midrange specifications and a competitive price. Realme has followed the same path with its recently launched Realme X2 Pro.

Similar to the Redmi K20, the soon-to-launch Redmi K30 is also expected to be powered by Snapdragon 700 processor. Details about the beefier Redmi K30 Pro are scarce at the moment but rumors indicate it could be powered by a flagship processor.

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Huawei gets some of its suppliers back

It’s finally starting

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For Huawei watchers, the critical question is “when.” When will the US stop bullying China’s biggest smartphone brand? When will we see an Android-based Huawei flagship again? When will we see an end to the Chinese-American trade war?

Today, we finally get an answer to one of these questions. Particularly, the US government has started to roll out application responses to operating license requests. Since the government has announced a total ban against Huawei’s operation in the States, American companies have applied for exceptions to the rule. Besides Huawei’s continued survival, an operating license will ensure the continued business of a valued customer. Unfortunately, nothing was heard about the applications for a while.

Now, the government has finally started responding to several applications. According to reports, “roughly 300 license requests” have been processed. The figure estimates around half of the total applications received by the US government. Further, half of the responded requests are approvals.

Unfortunately, both sides remain mum regarding which companies received an approval. If anything, further reports have hinted at priority for the semiconductor industry. However, both hardware and software industries already have responses.

Neither Huawei nor Google have commented. For now, we don’t know if the approvals include the most awaited one, Google’s Android OS.

At the very least, we are finally seeing progress on Trump’s crackdown against Huawei. Additionally, the government has also granted a new three-month extension on Huawei’s operating license in the US.

SEE ALSO: Huawei’s foldable Mate X is finally on sale

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