Before Tim, Steve Jobs decided to take a total pay of 1 dollar per year as a salary (though he made the majority of his income in Apple stock). Tim, on the other hand, has decided to take an actual pay, but now says that he plans to do what the Gates' do, donate his money to charities around the globe.
Today, when it comes to full-sized headphones, there are a few major competitors when it comes to technologies: dynamic takes up the larger chunk, planar magnetic takes up a minority, and electrostatic takes an even smaller minority. Generally, the latter two require much more power to drive properly. With the surges of HiFiMan to push sensitivity, Oppo and Audeze have both hit or surpassed 100 dB/mW. This officially makes them easily driven by the likes of an iPhone. The Oppo PM-3 is a closed-back design that focuses on portability whilst keeping the smooth, refreshing sound that Oppo Digital is known for.
When it comes to planar magnetic headphones, design tends to take a slight back seat. Audeze has improved (from what pictures tell), but Oppo created the main push towards design. All three of their planars: the PM-1, PM-2, and now the PM-3, offer an aesthetic that...
For the first time in iOS' history, Apple has opened up iOS to beta testing. They recently released the 8.3 betas. Has anyone had the chance to use it? How do you like it? The major change to this would be the inclusion of multi-race emojis (which I did find absurd, but it is what it is).
How stable is it for you? Personally, I never found too many stability issues with my iPad Mini 2 or iPhone 6 with iOS 8. Others may see it otherwise.
Yesterday was a big day for Apple. They announced the new port less MacBook and confirmed quite a few things about the Apple Watch. What are your feelings on this? I'll keep it short and simple.
Let's start with the MacBook. It's not the Air, it's not the Pro, it's just MacBook. Things I liked: fanless (this tends to always be the first thing to go on my laptops; it's also one less moving part to deal with), multilayer battery layout (squeeze every inch of space they get), new trackpad sounds nifty and useful, butterfly keyboard layout sounds cool in theory, and a headphone jack (if they cut this off I'd be pissed!). Things I don't like: you're stuck with the hardware you choose (no upgradable RAM or SSD), one port for all things, lack of MagSafe, keyboard looks extremely shallow. My final thoughts, Apple is trying to target General users with the new MacBook. Ones that will surf the web and do normal things with it. This definitely isn't one for the power users. I personally can see...
I’ve always been a fan of MEElectronics philosophy when it came to headphones. Make it sound great without breaking the bank. This couldn’t ring any more true with the new M6 Pro, a professional-grade in-ear monitor for the stage. However, as I quickly found out, it’s great on the go and at home too. It’s a remarkable package for a relatively low price.
Crystal clear bodies, silver cables, and a professional over-ear setup are what makes the MEElectronics M6 Pro what it is. The design of the M6 Pro is aesthetically pleasing with its simplistic approach while the transparency allows you to view the inner workings of the IEM. The M6 Pro name is silkscreened onto each housing in a nice slick manner that fades with the housing, but gives a subtle shimmer.
When I saw the 808 Audio Performer series, I though it would be another overly-designed, poor-sounding headphone (akin to something like the Beats). After putting them on, I was impressed with the sound quality. Then I saw Voxx owned it… The company that also owns a number of other audio manufactures, like Klipsch.
When I received the 808, I was interested in the unique design that looked great. The bungee cord wrapped around the housings and the machine-cut aluminum gave it a very distinct look. I have to say that it is on the flashy side of things, though the brushed texturing and matted color choices do keep it toned down overall. They are definitely a looker though.
As I stated, the sound of the 808 Performer BT actually sounds great. It is a bass-focused signature, but it’s not...
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have made splashes in and out of the news with automakers. They certainly seem like a great thing to have, but is it really a step in the right direction?
Let's start off with the basic idea of a connected car that integrates nicely with an OS. This is definitely not a new idea and something that is very much needed. I won't debate that. However, many of our decisions have been fragmented across OSes. When it comes to buying something small like a watch, having an OS-specific accessory doesn't seem far fetched or crazy. They are relatively cheap (and I say relatively for a reason). When it comes to a 20000 car... Manufacturers may want to wait back.
Let's say that you've settled on a car, it has all the features you need in terms of size, engine, safety, comfort, etc. Except for one problem, it's on Apple's CarPlay and you're an Android man. Or the opposite way around, it runs Android Auto and you've got your iOS devices at...
Patriot has a magnetically charging case that hooks into the Dock connector of your phone. The magnetic charging is similar to a MagSafe-like design, but is on the back of the case. It works well, though does come with its own set of issues. See more information below in the Battery Cases section!
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This is the iFans.com iPhone 6 case roundup. Here, we will feature up to 3 new cases each week (until I run out of cases), except for the first week when an initial batch will be featured. All featured cases will be shown in the second post of this thread.
Each case will get a single picture (multiple upon request) along with a short summary of how I feel about the case. This will include a quick design overview, protection it provides, size, and at the end, a...
Android Wear has been out for quite a while now. Google has made big pushes in the platform ahead of the Apple Watch release. Recently, a developer has found a way to make it (somewhat) compatible with iOS by allowing it to get notifications. If you dig deeper, you may be able to enable media controls among other things down the line. For now though, this is a step forward... Or is it?
If you were Google, do you think it would be a good move to make the Android Wear universal among OSes (well Android and iOS, Windows too when we can get something working)? I feel that is one of the things that sets Pebble apart. What are your thoughts?
A lot of sources have been talking about an Apple-designed core from the inside out. What are you thoughts on this? What do you think they are actually planning? An expansion to CarPlay, or a full-out car? What features would you be looking for with an Apple Car? Discuss away!