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Future AirPods might be able to take your temperature

And check your posture

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Today’s smartwatches can monitor and measure a lot of things in our body already. These devices can quickly and almost effectively update us with whatever’s going on inside us. That said, there’s no reason why the same technologies can’t apply to other wearables. Apple might be looking to push on ahead of the curve, though. In a new report, the AirPods maker is supposedly experimenting with how the iconic wearable can incorporate a host of health tracking features.

According to the Wall Street Journal, a future iteration of the AirPods might include a way to take your body temperature, monitor your posture, and amplify your hearing. Naturally, the first two features are much more novel. It shows that Apple is actively trying to expand its wellness ecosystem beyond that of the Apple Watch.

On the other hand, the ability to amplify hearing is one that is rapidly becoming a norm for a lot of devices. In fact, the current generation of AirPods already has a similar feature called Conversation Boost. Some devices outside of the earbuds market even have the feature like a few face masks out today.

Though the experiment presents the company with a few opportunities for its wellness ecosystem, the report emphasizes that the features are still pending. In fact, Apple might not even push through with implementing them either next year or at all.

SEE ALSO: AirPods 3 is still coming later this year

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OnePlus 11 series launches internationally

With OnePlus Pad and OnePlus Buds Pro 2

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Last month, OnePlus unveiled the OnePlus 11 series in China. A China-exclusive launch usually means a global launch is on the horizon. That’s just what OnePlus did today in New York. While the surprise was already spoiled last month, the brand still had a good share of surprises. Besides the international launch of the OnePlus 11 series, take a look at the new OnePlus Pad and the OnePlus Featuring Keyboard 81 Pro.

OnePlus 11 5G

As revealed last month, the OnePlus 11 5G is one of the first smartphones this year to tout the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. The smartphone comes with up to 16GB LPDDR5X RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage. Plus, everything is made even better with a 6.7-inch LTPO 3.0 2K AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate.

Behind everything, the OnePlus 11 touts its black-hole-inspired camera bump. The setup features three shooters: a 50-megapixel main sensor, a 32-megapixel telephoto shooter, and a 48-megapixel ultrawide camera. It also has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter.

Underneath everything is a 5000mAh battery, capable of 100W wired charging.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2

Touting the MelodyBoost Dual Drivers co-created with Dynaudio, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 expands its capabilities in the lower frequencies to deliver richer bass. Plus, it also has an equalizer crafted by award-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

It is also the first TWS earbuds to adopt Android 13’s spatial audio, making the pair a perfect device for YouTube and Disney+. With TUV-certified Smart Adaptive Noise Cancelling, the wearable can filter up to 48dB of noise from your environment — which users can customize with a transparency mode.

Finally, OnePlus says that a single charge can last up to 39 hours with the case.

OnePlus Pad

One of the new surprises for this event, the OnePlus Pad is the brand’s first flagship foray into the tablet market. The new tablet sports the Dimensity 9000 chipset, featuring the Cortex-X2 core clocking in at 3.05GHz of performance. It also comes with 12GB of RAM.

Outside the tablet’s impressive hardware, the OnePlus Pad comes with an 11.61-inch screen with 144Hz refresh rate. With a large 9510mAh battery, the tablet can reportedly last up to 12 hours while watching videos and up to a month on standby.

OnePlus Featuring Keyboard 81

Finally, rounding out the brand’s efforts to expand its ecosystem, the OnePlus Featuring Keyboard 81 is the brand’s first mechanical keyboard. Built with Keychron technology, users can fully customize the keyboard according to their needs.

Price and availability

Both the OnePlus 11 5G and the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 will start accepting preorders today. The devices will start shipping out on February 16.

The OnePlus 11 5G comes in Titan Black and Eternal Green. The smartphone will start at US$ 699 for the 8GB/128GB variant and will go up to US$ 799 for the 16GB/256GB variant.

Meanwhile, the OnePlus Buds 2 Pro will come in Obsidian Black and Arbor Green. It will sell for US$ 179.

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Apple might launch cheapest AirPods ever

And a new generation of AirPods Max

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Apple has a reputation for selling its products at exorbitant prices. Even the brand’s affordability-positioned devices can still cost customers quite a pretty penny. However, getting the authentic Apple experience might soon get a significant price drop — for one segment, at least. The brand is reportedly launching a new pair of AirPods which will cost only US$ 99.

First reported by Ming-Chi Kuo on Twitter, Apple has inked a deal with Hon Teng, a subsidiary of the Foxconn Group, to manufacture the former’s AirPods lineup. Starting off the new partnership, Apple and Hon Teng will supposedly launch a new generation of AirPods Max and a new entry-level set. Either or both models will launch between the second half of 2024 to the first half of 2025.

With such a price tag, the rumored wearable would be one of the most affordable products you will be able to buy from Apple to date. Being positioned as an entry-level device, the affordable AirPods will likely lose a few features from the current generation like the H1 chipset.

It’s still quite some time before the rumored device’s launch, though. Like other leaks and rumors coming out as of late, the current report forecasts developments coming more than a year from now. Though technology can certainly see that far ahead, anything can change in a heartbeat.

SEE ALSO: Apple AirPods Pro 2 Review

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Apple will release in-house microLED for devices soon

Replaces Samsung, LG for display vendors

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Apple is quickly defining its year with increasing bouts of self-reliance. Only a little over a week since the year began, a few reports have already described the company’s big moves for the future: fewer third-party components, more in-house development. Now, fresh off reports of an in-house connectivity chip, Apple is reportedly readying another fresh replacement — microLED for all devices.

First reported by Bloomberg, Apple is already ready to replace the screens of 2024’s Apple Watch with the new display. After incorporating the new technology inside the wearable lineup, the company will eventually use the screens for the iPhone lineup in several years’ time.

It’s been a long time coming for the company. Development for the screen started all the way back in 2018. Almost five years since the news first broke, we’re finally learning what has become of the burgeoning display technology.

Though Apple has not released a product with the in-house display yet, it’s already a promising development. According to reports brewing since 2018, microLED technology can make colors pop out from a screen as if they were printed, rather than shone from a backlight. Doing so will even improve viewing angles on devices.

As of late, the company has relentlessly pursued in-house components to replace its reliance on third-party vendors. Reported earlier this week, it is reportedly working on a switch from Broadcom and Qualcomm to its own facilities. With a new display, Apple can replace Samsung and LG as the primary sources for its devices’ displays.

SEE ALSO: Apple is preparing to replace Qualcomm with in-house chip

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