Google on Monday kicked off smartphone season by previewing its new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones. But it also signaled a new era for the Pixel, shifting it away from a mid-tier line with a niche user base to premium status, in a move that could position it to better take on Apple and Samsung.
In a series of tweets and a video posted to its website, the company teased a colorful assortment of feature-packed smartphones with the first-ever Google-made processor specifically designed for the Pixel. The company said a Tensor chip, which Google has used before in existing AI hardware, will allow the Pixel to be faster, more customizable and have “the most layers of hardware security in any phone.”
Google, which previously worked with chip maker Qualcomm for its Pixel phones, is the latest smartphone maker to build its own chip instead of relying on third-party suppliers. Last year, Apple moved away from an Intel processor for its Mac computers in favor of its own M1 chipset, a move that has won rave reviews from users for the added speed and extended battery life.
It’ll also drive speech recognition, its advanced camera features and the massive Android redesign announced in May at Google’s annual developer conference.
At the event, the company announced an interface concept called “Material You” that’s more personalized and “fluid” based on a user’s style. It features bigger buttons, a large clock on the homescreen that changes in size depending on how many notifications appear and color themes created from wallpaper. It also promises more responsiveness with better battery life and less strain on processors.
Moving beyond mediocre screens, design and cameras, the Pixel 6 features a 6.4-inch flat display with wide and ultra-wide cameras on the back and a 90 Hz refresh rate display, according to the company. The Pixel 6 Pro, with a 6.7-inch, slightly curved display and a 120 Hz refresh rate, comes with similar specs but also a telephoto lens.
There’s no word on pricing at this time, but if the intention is to compete at the high end of the market, the price is likely to hover around $1,000. For comparison, the Pixel 5 starts at $699 and the Pixel 4a 5G starts at $499.
The design is eye-catching, too. The Pixel phones have more space above the camera bar, allowing three color combinations for each device.
Google said it’ll give more details about the devices in the fall, but the unusual move to drop so many specs ahead of a formal launch may be a way to encourage consumers who may be looking to upgrade their device to sit tight. Samsung will host its annual Unpacked event for its flagship Galaxy smartphones next week. Apple typically launches new iPhones in September.
There's a hidden folder in Google Photos you likely don't know about – MobileSyrup
If you use Google Photos to back up and store your pictures, you’ll be pleased — or maybe annoyed — to know there’s a hidden page full of AI photo edits.
I was looking for confirmation regarding how Google Photos stacks bracketed images into HDR files and stumbled on this link that takes you to the ‘Google Photos – Unsaved Creations page.’
This page lists all the Google Photos custom AI-generated edits the app has created over the years. You can delete the images permanently from this area if there’s anything you don’t want, but it’s strange Google hides it from the standard Google Photos interface.
Google has been using AI to make animations and collages out of photos since the app launched, and then in 2018, it added more powerful AI-auto-editing features like HDR bracketing, Colour Pop and more. Some people love these features, and others don’t use them, but it’s interesting to go through the full list of Google-generated images and videos and see how good, or bad the edits to your photos are. And yea, even the embarrassing ones are entertaining.
It’s quite interesting to go through the list since there are a lot of fun collages that I never really paid attention to and amusing comparison shots of my face over the years. Beyond that, there are also a few cool edits I’ve pulled out as well, so I think it’s worth it for everyone to browse their unsaved photos at least once.
Source: Google Photos support
AirPods Pro 2: The Coolest, Cutest Feature Which Nobody Predicted Has Just Leaked – Forbes
Apple AirPods 2nd generation are spectacularly good. You can read the first review of the new earbuds here on Forbes. But now, out of nowhere, a super-cute feature has appeared.
As mentioned in the review, you can now have your AirPods case engraved with your Memoji, for instance. I didn’t do this because, well, to be honest, my Memoji looks strikingly similar to Apple CEO Tim Cook’s (I guess it’s the hair) and I just wouldn’t want to pick his up by mistake.
I mean, can you imagine? With the Personalized Spatial Audio feature and all, it could be disastrous.
Seriously, it turns out there’s a side effect to engraving that nobody knew about… until now.
Apple AirPods Pro 2nd generation as they’re actually named, allow the user to engrave the case more effectively than before. Not just with a name or something like that but with an Animoji of your choice or your very own Memoji.
But it now turns out that this detail (seriously, only Apple) shows up onscreen when you’re pairing your AirPods Pro 2nd-gen with your iPhone.
Apple has always had this attention to detail: when you pair an Apple Watch with your iPhone, it shows on the screen of the Watch which model and size it is.
Similarly, when you pair your AirPods Pro with your Apple device in the slick, fast pairing procedure, it will show your particular engraving onscreen. How cool is that?
Apple gave the game away on its own website, on the very last part of its page about the new AirPods Pro. Sure, it’s not as important as the improved audio quality, better battery life and audio personalization, but it’s still pretty neat.
Top Stories: iOS 16.0.2 Bug Fixes, Apple Watch Ultra and AirPods Pro 2 Launch, and More – MacRumors
Who’s ready for a breather? A flurry of hardware and software releases following Apple’s “Far Out” event earlier this month is finally on a bit of a pause, with the Apple Watch Ultra and second-generation AirPods Pro now making their way into customers’ hands while we have a couple of weeks before the iPhone 14 Plus launches.
This week saw the two major hardware releases, but also an important iOS update addressing some bugs with the latest iPhone models and iOS 16 in general, while the more significant iOS 16.1 update continues through beta testing. Be sure to read on below for details on these stories and more as we continue to explore everything new in Apple’s latest releases.
Apple Releases iOS 16.0.2 With Bug Fixes for iPhone 14 Pro and More
The software update also addresses an issue with excessive copy and paste permission prompts on all iPhones running iOS 16, an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone X, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 displays following hardware service, and more.
Meanwhile, Apple continues to test iOS 16.1, which will include support for Live Activities in third-party apps, a new Clean Energy Charging feature in the United States, availability of Apple Fitness+ without an Apple Watch, support for Matter accessories in the Home app, and more.
Hands-On With the New AirPods Pro 2
Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro have begun arriving to customers, and we’ve had a chance to go hands-on with the upgraded earbuds.
We’ve also rounded up both written and video reviews of the new AirPods Pro from select media and YouTube channels that had early access for more thorough looks. The reviews tested out sound quality, active noise cancellation, battery life, and more.
Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Hands-On
Like the new AirPods Pro, the all-new Apple Watch Ultra is now officially available as the first pre-orders have started arriving.
We’ve gone hands-on for an early unboxing and initial impressions, and we’ve rounded up both written and video reviews of the Apple Watch Ultra, which is bigger and better than any other Apple Watch model but isn’t considered to be a “Garmin killer” yet due to a lack of certain features, such as offline maps and recovery metrics for workouts.
Everything New for iPhone in iOS 16.1 Beta 2
Apple this week seeded the second beta of iOS 16.1 to developers and public beta testers. As usual, the latest beta contains a handful of new features, changes, and improvements for the iPhone.
We’ve rounded up everything new in iOS 16.1 beta 2, including a design tweak to the battery percentage icon in the status bar and more, so be sure to check out the list if you install the beta on your iPhone.
YouTuber Actually Tests iPhone 14’s Crash Detection Feature
The new car crash detection feature on all iPhone 14 models is hard to test given that reviewers don’t want to risk physical injuries, but one YouTuber has managed to test the feature in a driverless car.
Note that the video does not serve as a scientific test of the feature and is in a controlled environment, so it should be considered purely entertainment, but at least we finally have a closer look at the feature out in the wild.
The MacRumors Show: Sara Dietschy Talks iPhone 14 Features
YouTuber and content creator Sara Dietschy joined us this week on The MacRumors Show podcast to talk through our experiences of all of the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro lineup’s new features and more.
Listen to The MacRumors Show via apps like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Castro, Google Podcasts, or subscribe by copying our RSS feed directly into your podcast player. You can also watch a video version of the podcast on our YouTube channel.
Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we’ve covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view.
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