Apple Silicon 13-inch MacBook Pro Rumored to Get 12-Core ‘A14Z’ Chip

As promised we are back with some more updates on rumors regarding the potential launch of 13-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Air. Apple’s ‘One More Thing’ event is just a couple of hours away. So, we might take the upcoming leaks with a pinch of salt.

Having said this, one tipster suggested that our expectations of having a MacBook Pro keeping true to its generation of being expensive and sporting powerful internals is indeed true. He claimed that the new machines will likely sport a 12-core chip named the ‘A14Z.’

More Information Speaks About the Lower Price Tag on the 13-Inch MacBook Pro Compared to Apple’s Intel-Powered Machines

Now we know that 12-core chip powering an Apple Silicon Mac has been mentioned. But without any name to label it with. The leaker, 000leaker, has given it one; it is ‘A14Z’ with 8-core chip gracing the lesser powerful 13-inch MacBook Air. Speaking of the 8-core chip, the previous rumors stated that it is almost-identical to the upcoming A14X Bionic.

This also brings us to the fact that the previously leaked benchmark results of the A14X Bionic showed that the custom silicon is an 8-core part and it seamlessly beats the most powerful 16-inch MacBook Pro. However, we cannot ignore the fact that 16-inch Mac Pro is still a one of the reigning machines in the laptop realm of Apple to date.

Taking everything above into account; the 13-inch MacBook Pro armed with 12-core A14Z Bionic can be expected to be an even more powerful machine and cheaper than its intel counterparts. However, the leaker is not certain about the Thunderbolt 3 support in 13-inch MacBook Pro; Apple although has promised that the support will arrive for future models.

Much to your relief, a prototype Apple Silicon Mac was tested out earlier and gave promising results in terms of performance. But it doesn’t stop here, Apple has much more in store for us. According to the incoming reports, Apple is said to be developing A14T chip for its iMac. Also, for its Mac Pro that is said to be half the size of the current one.

News Source: 000leaker
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Leak: Upcoming Samsung Galaxy M12/F12 Could Pack 7,000mAh Battery

Samsung seems to be working on a budget phone that is being rumored to sport a whopping 7,000 mAh battery. Additionally, this phone is expected to be called Galaxy M12 or Galaxy F12. 

It’s not new news from Samsung; this South Korean giant is known to launch budget smartphones with big batteries, as they have for the past 12 months with capacities over 5,000mAh and even 6,000mAh. 

What’s This Mystery Samsung M12/F12 Phone?

Considering the size of this upcoming one, we can expect it to give you at least two days of reliable performance. Of course, depending on the phone’s activity and the overall specifications of the device in use. 

Speaking of specifications, 91mobiles has released updates on the specifications of the rumored Galaxy M12/F12. So far, this is what has been disclosed by the industry’s reliable sources a few days ago: 

Sources revealed some live images of the could-be budget phone, and the back panel has the SM-M127F/SM-F127G etched, which indicates that the smartphone could be called Samsung Galaxy M12 or Samsung Galaxy F12. 

Via 91mobiles

Giving the image a good look shows a textured back with Samsungs’ branding at the bottom end. You also see a camera module at the top left corner with four cutouts within and a cutout for LED flash just below. This gives us the idea of the four shooters that this Samsung Galaxy M12/F12 budget phone will house. 

One thing that is visibly missing is the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that the Samsung Galaxy M11 incorporated. This entails that Samsung is opting for embedding the fingerprint sensor in the power button mounted on the side of the phone. 

Moving to the bottom side of this frame, you see a Type-C port, a headphone jack, and a speaker grille. On the other hand, the top edge of the frame houses nothing but the microphone. 

We have no intel for the front as the phone is still under development in Samsungs’ facility in India. 

As for the specifications, they remain a mystery. But taking the predecessor Galaxy M11 into consideration; the phone included a lightweight Snapdragon 450 chipset, a triple rear camera that consists of a 13MP, a 5MP ultra-wide, and 2MP depth shooters. Its battery, however, was 5,000mAh only. Keeping these details in mind, we can expect the upcoming successor to upgrade these specifications. There is no detail on the release date as well, so we will update you will it arrive.

Best iPhone Deals in November 2020; Hurry and Avail at Your Earliest

Jump To:iPhone 12 & 12 Pro Deals iPhone 11 & 11Pro DealsiPhone XS & XS Max DealsiPhone XR Deals

Thinking of making a big leap from Android to an iOS or just looking for another new iPhone to switch to? Either way, it’s not even Black Friday yet, and there are some great iPhone deals available for you to indulge in. Thanks to the new releases, specifically iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro this year, there is a surge of great deals on older devices as well. Additionally, on the previous iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models. However, If you are more of an SE person, then you’re in luck as iPhone SE 2020 is also up for grabs at Verizon this week, for free.

All in all, the premium features that come at a hefty price compared to their Android counterparts are available everywhere in the form of the best iPhone deals or iPhone sales. Of course, you will have to be smart about your purchasing decision and compare various prices to come to the best conclusion for your wallet.

We took the liberty to do the arduous work for you and compiled a list of some of the best iPhone deals for November 2020. Even went a bit overboard with explanations as to which offers what. So, carry on, and hopefully, an iPhone deal will strike your fancy. Happy Shopping!

Best iPhone Deals

Latest iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Deals

Apple iPhone 12$33.33 $10.37/month at Verizon with a trade-in and new unlimited plan

Great news for all users who are trading-in their old iPhone for a brand new one with an unlimited plan as this deal will cut down the monthly price on iPhone 12 pre-orders.
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Apple iPhone 12 Pro
$41.66 $18.70/month at Verizon with a trade-in and new unlimited plan

Although you are not getting a free iPhone 12 pre-order deal this time around, the new customers can avail of a significant cut down on the monthly payment with an eligible trade-in. There’s a satisfactory upgrade discount for the existing and loyal customers with a $23.29/month with an eligible trade-in.
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Apple iPhone 12
FREE at AT&T with a trade-in saving you $800

Now, this is one great iPhone deal that you shouldn’t miss out on. Receive a brand-new iPhone 12 at AT&T completely FREE. This offer is available for both new and current customers, provided your trade-in device is eligible. You are receiving an iPhone 12 with a new unlimited data plan.
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Apple iPhone 12 Pro
$6.64/month at AT&T with eligible trade-in

An Apple iPhone 12 Pro deal with a monthly bill as low as $6.64? That’s a steal, and AT&T is where you can avail this iPhone deal at. This AT&T introductory offer is eligible for all users with a trade-in and unlimited plan.
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DISCLAIMER: All the prices mentioned in the deals have been last updated on the 4th of November, 2020.

The two latest 12 lineups of iPhones, the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro, are out on the market, and with Black Friday around the corner, the deals on these latest models have arrived early this November. So far, many have been deeming the iPhone 12 nothing short of perfection, and since the 12 Pro is just the larger variant, the same compliment applies to both.

Sporting a whole glass-back chassis with squared-off edges is the ‘new’ in the design from the usual smooth angles and the trademarked aluminum shell. The price on both does justice, and the amazing deals on both models make it even better.

Best iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Deals

Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Save up to $850 at Verizon with a trade-in eligible plan.

Not a bad deal from Verizon if you look at the hefty discount with a trade-in option provided your device is eligible. Additionally, you are getting great upgrading options in this deal with a $350 off with trade.
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Apple iPhone 11 Pro
$829.992, 56GB in Gold at Amazon for AT&T (Renewed)

It’s a great deal on iPhone 11 Pro with free shipping by Amazon. Of course, you get other carriers to choose from, but at a different price. The battery on this iPhone deal exceeds 80% and is available in a near-perfect condition with no cosmetic faults. Which is exactly what we are looking for in the iPhone deals for renewed models.
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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
$834, 64GB in Gold at Amazon Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

This pre-owned iPhone 11 Pro Max is available ‘fully unlocked’ at Amazon available for just $834 with free shipping. Amazon is known for its renewed products, with its team working hard to make sure you are receiving value for money with no imperfections cosmetically and functionality wise.
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Apple iPhone 11
Save $210 from Apple Trade-in

Before trade-in, the price of the iPhone 11 at Apple is $599, and after your trade-in success, you will be paying $389.99 for a brand new iPhone 11. Of course, this iPhone deal does depend on which eligible device you’re trading in. If you are hunting for an unlocked device, Apple’s deal is the best for you.
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Apple iPhone 11
$599, $349 at PureTalkUSA

PureTalkUSA is giving a steal deal on all iPhones as of now, which is $250 off provided you buy them with an unlimited plan or 20GB data plan. This is by far one of the cheapest iPhone deals you can come across.
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DISCLAIMER: All the prices mentioned in the deals have been last updated on the 4th of November, 2020.

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro came out back in 2019 and are still popular among the consumers, particularly the iPhone 11, that had the most shipped units. Although both units at first glance look similar, there are slight design differences and, of course, in the specifications coming down to the camera, display, and battery life.

The iPhone 11 sports an all-aluminum frame with glass back and front. As for the Pro model, its frame is made of stainless steel. If we compare both models’ height, then the iPhone 11 is 5.94 inches, and the Pro variant is slightly on the smaller side, making its height to be 5.67 inches. iPhone 11 Pro Max is the biggest brother in this 11 family standing at 6.22 inches.

As for the battery comparisons, iPhone 11 was reported to provide 18-hours of offline video playback. As expected, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has the longest battery life within an iPhone to date. Now add a great Amazon deal we mentioned above on this big boy, and you are receiving a larger screen real-estate, longer battery, and many other high-end specifications.

The camera is by far the major difference in the iPhone 11 lineup but do note that the camera system is solid on either of the models; iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. The iPhone 11 has two sensors that are the wide and ultra-wide lenses. At the same time, the iPhone 11 Pro has three; wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto. Not to mention you also get dual optical image stabilization.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Deals

Apple iPhone XS
save up to $800 with AT&T with a trade-in and new unlimited data plan

This great deal offered by AT&T for iPhone XS might only last for this week, and you are getting an amazing discount. You get to save around $800 off with the trade-in option. Now, if you are trading in quite a recent iPhone, then you are in for a treat and might get the iPhone XS for just around $99 over the span of 30 months.
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Apple iPhone XS Max
$637 for Verizon at Amazon, 256GB, Silver (Renewed)

Amazon is your place to be for refurbished iPhone deals, and on this iPhone XS Max that sports a whopping 256GB, you are saving a good amount with free delivery. You are receiving great battery health with none to minor cosmetic imperfections. Other than that, it’s a great deal for the premium specs you are getting.
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DISCLAIMER: All the prices mentioned in the deals have been last updated on the 4th of November, 2020.

Both iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max were deemed one of the best phones out there with certain features like the Face ID being more responsive. The cameras on both are amazing. Although the headphone jack dongle is not included, including no fast charger or USB-C-to lightning cable, you are still getting a gorgeous phone with premium materials and features, including fantastic screens.

More importantly, these two iPhone models are visual and audio powerhouses with impressive resolutions of 2,436 x 1,125 and 2,688 x 1,242 on iPhone XS and XS Max.

You are getting some great deals on both this week and in November. Considering they are usually the pricier models of iPhones, we would recommend you not to miss out.

iPhone XR Deals

Apple iPhone XRup to $210 off at Apple with a trade-in option

Apple iPhone XR was launched back in 2018 in September as a low-cost device. So considering we’re in 2020, the price should have dropped considerably low, and this Apple deal does justice to the ‘cheap variant’ narrative. You are getting a massive $210 off for trading in and get many color options too. If you are out for a carrier-specific or unlocked device, there is one for everyone.
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Apple iPhone XR
$378.75 at Amazon for AT&T, 64GB in Black (Renewed)

The renewed iPhone XR with barely any scratches or defects is available for as low as $378.75 for 64GB of internal storage. Not to mention you are receiving free shipping from Amazon. Moreover, battery health is of utmost importance, and the retailer guarantees it above 80%. It’s a great iPhone deal that should be availed immediately.
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Apple iPhone XR
$5/month on switching to Verizon

If you are looking towards an iPhone XR deal and can switch to Verizon, you are in for a treat with this deal that only takes $5 per month for a 24-month payment plan while acquiring a great phone like iPhone XR.
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DISCLAIMER: All the prices mentioned in the deals have been last updated on the 4th of November, 2020.

Looking for a great battery life with impeccable performance and even better cameras? If you can compromise on not having an optical zoom, then this the phone for you. With Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, you get fast performance; and with nearly 11.5 hours of battery life, this phone is a great investment.

Start shopping before these deals expire!

Apple iPhone 7 Review: Is It Still Worth Buying and At What Price?

iPhone 7 and its larger family member iPhone 7 Plus had its moment of glory when they first launched, but do not underestimate fast forward in 2020. Now, although Apple doesn’t sell them directly, it is still one of the cheapest and well-functioning smartphones that accommodate the latest iOS 14. The price on this device is already low, and during this deal season, the iPhone 7 price is bound to go lower. So, if you are out looking for an entry-level iPhone under a strict budget, then iPhone 7 is your best bet.

iPhone 7 is still available and popular with great deals from different retailers. Check Amazon; for example, they are selling a renewed iPhone 7 for a small price and guaranteed superb condition. In a nutshell, Apple’s iPhone 7 is still going strong with consumer demand.

Keeping all the chitter-chatter about the low price for great features on iPhone 7 aside, let’s get into an in-depth review for better insight.

Design: Water-Resistant Chassis without a Headphone Jack

The design of the iPhone 7 at first glance is the same as the previous two years. However, now, there are two great additions; no headphone jack, and the phone can survive a mistaken plunge in the swimming pool and still work flawlessly due to its waterproof chassis. But how well was the omission of the headphone jack welcomed by the consumers?

The lack of a headphone jack was received with mixed reaction. Some people didn’t mind as they use the EarPods that arrive within the iPhone box, and others found this an inconvenience of having to buy a white dongle to use their headphones. Other than that, the phone itself reigned as a popular choice for the masses.

iPhone 7 price
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You can buy iPhone 7 in many colors apart from the Space Grey that is no longer available for this release. You are left with gold, rose gold (another popular choice of color), silver, black, jet black, or red.

The red iPhone is the latest and newest addition that emerged due to Apple’s partnership with RED (AIDS charity). And many other iPhone models followed suit and have a red variant.

iPhone 7 rev
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Apart from the impressive waterproofing on iPhone 7, you are getting new dual speakers that blast from the bottom of the phone. Now, with some amazing flagships and mid-level phones in the market, many sports the waterproofing mechanism. So, the excitement eventually died down for iPhone 7. Nonetheless, you are getting a solid build for a low iPhone 7 price.

Another great change that was incorporated in iPhone 7 was the iconic pressable home button on iPhones, now just a touch element that responds to pressure. Of course, at the time it was mind-boggling yet an annoying change that the consumers eventually got used to. Now, with premium flagships transcending home buttons starting from iPhone X, this home button change is more appreciable.

A word of caution: Since the phone is prone to scratches, it is best to have a case ready before buying the iPhone 7.

Screen: Value for Money or Could Be Better?

I am leaving the verdict on this entirely up to you.

The main change in iPhone 7 from its predecessor was the brightness and color correction in terms of screen. Other than that, it’s practically the same. This device comes with the same 4.7-inch screen with 1334×750-resolution. Meaning not the sharpest display you will experience on a smartphone by today’s standards.

So, go easy on the verdict here, eh? You are still getting a crispy and clean display, accommodating a nice movie time. Additionally, the screen is more colorful, which is a plus coupled with better brightness. If we get more into the screen colors, then the white balance is also improved to a warmer tone. Other than this, Apple could work on the brightness when viewing in the dark; the brightness can be blinding.

Camera: Upgraded & Better Than Predecessors

The iPhone 7 sports six-optic lens, optical image stabilization, and a wider f/1.8 aperture giving you a great low-light performance. So you can say hello to a great night photography for sure.

It’s the wider aperture on this iPhone 7 camera that does the main work and allows you to take more detailed and less noisy photos; even when it’s dim.

Here’s a SuperSaf camera comparison video for you to enjoy!

It is truly the darkest moments when this iPhone 7’s camera truly shines. Even when you compare it to some of the Android best flagships’ camera, you would realize the differences to be complementary. The iPhone 7 and the competitor perform better in different areas giving great results overall.

Coming to the video recording on the iPhone 7, then you are looking at a smooth 4K/1080p video. The slo-mos are also a fun feature to play with and work to perfection.

Other Specifications

RAM: 2GB

Storage: 32/128/256GB

Rear Camera: 12-megapixels

Front Camera: 7-megapixels

Battery: 1,960mAh

Renewed Apple iPhone 7: Worth Investing?

Refurbished or renewed iPhone 7 means that they are either used models or the ones off of the display shelf. You need to look for at least two things.

  1. Where are you purchasing it from? Our advice would be to go for the retail giant Amazon.
  2. After purchase, ensure that the battery health is at least 97% in the settings.
  3. If you are lucky, you could get a brand-new iPhone 7 from Amazon. Not to mention, they are the most reputable and reliable source to buy tech gadgets online.

 So, is it worth investing in a renewed or refurbished iPhone 7? We say, absolutely go for it! As long as your retailer is reliable and trustworthy, you are good to go.

If you ask us about alternatives, then iPhone 7 has more than one that you can consider. But let us face the fact that iPhone 7 is an iconic piece within the iPhone generations, and you simply cannot find another. In case you want to look elsewhere, then iPhone XR and iPhone SE from 2020 are great options worth exploring before you make the final call.

That’s all, folks! We hope this iPhone 7 review gave you the necessary knowledge about your next new potential iPhone. Happy Shopping!

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13-Inch MacBook Pro and Air to Be First Apple Silicon Macs, Rumor Has It

Apple officially announced its next special event for November 10 tagged ‘One More Thing’ ; everyone has been invited to tune in remotely at 10 A.M.

In this event of Apple, the company is likely to focus on its much raved about Apple Silicon Mac lineup. A reliable source has shed some light on what to expect. Don’t forget, last we had a MacBook Pro leak that hinted towards a potential 16-inch MacBook Pro launch. Let’s see what the latest update entails.

13-inch What?

A known leaker by the twitter handle @L0vetodream tweeted shortly after Apple’s event announcement with a cryptic message that read “13 inch X 2.”

Now if we were to jog our minds and decrypt keeping the previous leaks in-check; this could mean that we should expect two 13-inch MacBooks.

To further solidify this leak, recently, a reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also suggested the same. According to Kuo, two machines sporting Apple Silicon chip could be the new version of the 13-inch MacBook pro and 13-inch MacBook Air. In addition, he also believes that the Apple Silicon MacBook Pro could start shipping in as early as Q4 2020. As for the MacBook air, it may take a back seat and come later winter or early spring.

13-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Air to be Cheaper

As for the pricing details on both the 13-inchers, 000leaker suggested that Apple wants its new 13-inch Apple Silicon lineup to be cheaper than its intel-based counterparts in hope to increase and encourage the buying power of the consumers.

Apple has become the hub of countless leaks and rumors associated with not just its Silicon-powered Macs but some rumors even hint towards a new Apple Silicon-powered iMac debuting in 2021. Exciting time ahead and we are definitely excited.

Now as for the 16-inch MacBook Pro releasing this November, it could be just a rumor after all. But there’s a talk of a 14-inch Mac Pro that both Kuo and L0vetodream have deemed not to expect until much later in 2021. There’s a lot to take in; but with a pinch of salt as the official announcement by Apple could reveal something else entirely. Nonetheless, rumors and leaks are what we have to rely on for now

Apple’s November event will be live-streamed on Apple’s website. Additionally, the live-stream will be available on the Apple TV app as well, and likely on YouTube.

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MacBook Pro Leak Hints at Apple Releasing 16-inch Laptop This Year

We have all been waiting for the new MacBook 2020 since the announcement Apple made about its silicon-powered Macs at WWDC 2020. With everyone looking forward to the new Mac 2020 keenly, a recent Apple leak hinted towards a surprise reveal.

Although many leaks and rumors pointed towards a 12-inch Mac that would launch the Apple silicon processor, there has been a visible reference to a 16-inch 2020 MacBook Pro in the latest MacBook Pro leak.

However, it could be an honest mistake. Still, Apple’s leak came from the new release notes for its Boot Camp software that stated “Fixes a stability issue that could occur during heavy CPU load on 16-inch MacBook Pro (2019 and 2020).” As we know that a 2020 16-inch MacBook Pro model doesn’t exist currently.

As exciting it may sound, we have to take it with a pinch of salt. MacRumors readers also suggested that this could be a typo. So everything is in the air for now.

The above tweet was shared by the Twitter user @atharvakale343 showcasing that the same issue was also being fixed in the 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro. Apple is also rumored to unveil its first Mac with Apple silicon at an event on November 17, 2020.

Despite the rumors suggesting a smaller 12-inch model sporting the brand’s own silicon processor, it is a possibility that its other Macs also get a complete do-over running on Apple’s processors. Exciting times are ahead; we sure cannot wait to see how these new processors will compete against the long-running Intel processors.

2020 MacBook Pro 16-inch Rumored Specifications

The Mac Pro 2020 assumed the 16-inch Pro model would come with an Intel Processor as it supports Boot Camp. There is also a talk regarding the 2020 16-inch MacBook Pro to come with ARM-based processors. If Apple allows the 2020 model to follow the 2019 suit, we can expect slimmer bezels and a magic keyboard; which was released back in November 2019.

The 2019 version featured upgraded speakers and microphones along with the AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics. It also featured an SSD storage of 8TB along with a large RAM of 64GB. So, we can safely expect that if the 2020 version arrives with the same features, there may not be a difference in the starting price.

There is much to unfold this year and in the upcoming weeks or months, so stay tuned to our updates regarding Apple’s new Macs.

For now, you may want to check our MacBook Pro 16-inch review to freshen up that memory.

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Amazon Bluetooth Speakers to Invest in– Our Top 5 Picks of 2020

Bluetooth speakers are the ultimate convenience, much like wireless chargers. In fact, at this point, anything that doesn’t chain us to a device or a charging port is a blessing. 2020 has given us some of the finest Bluetooth speakers easily available on Amazon at a great deal. So, music lovers can rejoice, for they do not have to connect their speakers to their phones, laptops, or smart TVs.

Nowadays, Bluetooth speakers come with voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. Meaning, you are not just getting a Bluetooth speaker but also a ‘smart’ speaker that can cater to your voice commands and play the song you desire from the internet without having you tied down to it.

Now, as many choices that you have available, picking the one that suits your needs best isn’t as easy as a nice walk in the park. We did the necessary testing to give you an honest and genuine review.

So, the list we have compiled for you will hopefully allow you to find your portable Bluetooth speaker that you are looking for.

Without further-a-do, let’s dive into the Amazon Bluetooth speakers.

1) UE Boom 3

Right off the bat, you are getting:

-IP67 waterproof/dust-proof

-Powerful sound

-Strong design

Specifications include:

-Battery life: 15 hours

-Weight: 1.2 pounds

-USB charging: Yes

-Wireless Range: 30+ feet

-Aux-in: No

-USB charging: Yes

You are looking at the speaker that doesn’t distort at high volume and plays the song smoothly. It is a lightweight Bluetooth speaker that won’t be a burden to carry around during your camping trip. Moreover, it is water and dust-proof, which is definitely a plus for any traveler looking for a compact speaker that won’t die-out at the slightest hint of a raindrop or a sandstorm. Thanks to its super tight interlocking weave and completely protected charging port, UE Boom 3 can be submerged in water for as long as 30 minutes.

Although compared to its predecessor UE Boom 2, the performance is a downgrade, but it still retains its position as one of the best Bluetooth speakers out there.

The UE Boom 3 comes in a range of two-tone iridescent fabric finishes that include lagoon blue, forest green, night black, and sunset red.

2) Bose Home Portable Speaker

Right off the bat, you are getting:

-Nicely-balanced sound

-great compact design

Specifications include:

-Battery life: 12 hours

Weight: 2.4 pounds

-Aux-in: No

-USB Charging: Yes

-Wireless Range: N/A

Bose is already an established brand in the realm of speakers, headphones, and whatnot. With 2020 marking the era of portable smart speakers, Bose Portable Home Speaker is a great contender.

Bose definitely tapped into the minimalist chic concept that is all the rave this year and even included a handle for some enjoyment and head bopping on the go. Measuring 7.5-inches in height with a sleek and futuristic overall look. Not to mention it is quite convenient to carry around. 

Setting up the Bose Portable Home Speaker is also not much of a hassle. All you need to do is download the Bose Connect app and follow the steps to link up with your WiFi. Next, choose your voice assistant and select your music and radio services – you are all good to go.

3) Sony SRS-XB23

Right off the bat, you are getting:

-Great sound quality

-IP67 rating Waterproof

-Stereo pairing and Party Mode

Specifications Include:

-USB Charging: Yes

-Wireless Range: 30 feet

-Battery Life: Up to 12 hours

-Weight: 1.3 pounds

-Aux-in: Yes

Sony isn’t a rookie in the speakers’ game and recently updated its 2020 Bluetooth Speakers line that gained rapid attention. This is why, we couldn’t leave Sony SRS-XB23 out from our list of best Amazon Bluetooth Speakers of 2020.

This Sony SRS-XB23 is a great choice. With its 12-hour battery life and IP67 rating, the price tag does this gadget good justice. Now bear in mind that this speaker isn’t the best for sound quality, but you will not be disappointed as this Bluetooth speaker can get loud without creating any massive distortion that some speakers do when the volume is raised to the highest. Also, the passive radiators help in keeping the bass in control, making it sound a lot clearer.

You may find this speaker’s inability to tell you the battery status a little annoying, as it only alerts you when you are below 30% to charge. Overall a great portable speaker that will prove to be a convenience when you’re on the go. Safe to say, you are dealing with a high-performing Sony Bluetooth Speaker that is worth every penny.

4) Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd gen)

Right off the bat, you are getting:

-Lightweight and modern design

-Crisp and great sound quality

Specifications Include:

-Wireless Range: 30m (100ft)

-USB Charging: USB-C

-Battery Life: 18-hours

-Weight: 1.2 pounds

-Aux-in: No

Immediately, this speaker is appealing to the eyes. As for the ears, it is a decent speaker that serves crispy quality. The few things that it seemed to be weak in are the flawed Alexa support and the lack of sturdiness that makes us question whether it should be taken outside the home. Not to mention the awkward buttons that are hard to find and the lack of an Aux-in port. But since we are speaking about Bluetooth Speakers, the No-Aux feature can be pardoned.

Other than the minor concerns, this speaker also comes with waterproofing and has an extended battery life as compared to its predecessor. A compact sleek design that would complement any living area theme.

All in all, if you are looking for great portability, sound, and looks factors, then you should definitely go for the B&O Beosound A1.

5) VicTsing SoundHot C6 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Right off the bat, you are getting:

-waterproof

-Great sound

-Super portable

-Wireless

Specifications Include:

-Weight: 6.7 ounces

-USB Charging: Yes

If you have been hunting for a shower Bluetooth speaker that doesn’t die out over the smallest splash of water, then you are at the right place. It’s 100% waterproof and gives great sound quality regardless of its damp surroundings. Just don’t submerge the device into the water; it may not hold well. Other than that, you are receiving 6 hours of playing at 70% volume, which is quite enough considering the compact design it holds.

This speaker is adventure-ready and comes with detachable suction and aluminum alloy metal hook. So, attach it with your bathroom tile or hook it up with your backpack; either way, its sturdiness, and waterproofing will allow you to enjoy without worrying about any damage.

Compatible with all Bluetooth devices and with Bluetooth 4.2, it ensures instant pairing and strong connection up to 33ft.

Wrapping Up

That’s all, folks! I hope this lineup of some of the finest Amazon Bluetooth speakers will help you pick the one that suits your needs the best. So, buy gadgets online, knowing exactly what you are receiving in terms of functionality.

Apple’s New iPhone 12 Upgrade Warning Includes MagSafe Chargers

Apple’s new happening line of its latest iPhone 12 range has proven to deliver exceptional performance. Although at a high price. However, Apple also generously served its consumers with several warnings for upgrades. 

MacRumors went through Apple’s new support document and revealed some warnings given by Apple. In that support document, Apple had warned users regarding some significant downsides to its innovative new MagSafe wireless charging system. These concerns extend further from just weak magnets. 

Apple Warns Users About Potential Harm from its MagSafe Chargers

At the end of the document, Apple, in a series of bullet points, warns buyers of iPhone 12 series phones that MagSafe can: 

  • Increase the heating and restrict the charging process. Apple said that if your iPhone gets “too warm,” then the charging will be limited. Which means at only 80% maximum. 
  • If the magnetic strips and RFID chips present in credit cards, security badges, passports, and key fobs come in between the iPhones and the MagSafe chargers, they will be damaged. 
  • Leather cases that were used with the charger were left damaged with ‘circular imprints’; similarly, silicon cases have also been reported to be damaged with just a few days of use. 

It doesn’t stop here; Apple also mentioned something alarming as well. 

The iPhone manufacturer mentioned that replacing damaged iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro rear glass would cost around $449 and $549, respectively. You do have the option to buy Apple’s AppleCarePlus insurance policy. But minor wear and tear are not included in this insurance. This brings us to the only resort that is purchasing a MagSafe-compatible case from Apple for $50. 

Beware, the cost keeps adding up from this point onwards. Apple’s support document states that “your iPhone charges less quickly [with MagSafe] when using a power adapter that provides less than 20W”. Now, do note that Apple has never sold a 20W charger with any previous iPhone. With chargers removed, you are looking at an additional cost of $20. 

MagSafe in itself has massive potential, and with third-party accessory compatibility, there is a lot to look forward to. This said, Apple’s warning shouldn’t be taken lightly. If anyone is planning on upgrading to the iPhone 12 model, you may want to wait for the next generation of MagSafe. Which might launch with the iPhone 13 in upcoming years. 

On a similar note, you may want to check out the news regarding Apple’s AirPods 2 disappointing leak.

Image Credits: Business Insider

Amazon Fire TV Stick to Get Hands-Free Update Using Alexa Devices

Technology is progressing fast with virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and more not being a ‘futuristic’ possibility anymore. Amazon being the world’s largest retailer, is keeping up with the advancements. It is working on its popular Amazon Fire TV Stick devices and giving them an upgrade that consumers will thank Amazon for.

Amazon Fire TV Stick Update – From Manual Maneuvering to Hands-Free

As we all know that the Amazon Fire TV Stick option is accompanied by a remote control that helps you navigate through the user interface. The remote also has a feature that enables you to control your Fire TV Stick through voice commands. You simply press and hold down the mic button.

However, now, Amazon is taking a step ahead. It is planning on relieving its consumers from reaching out for the remote every time. Instead, according to an update on AmazonFireTV Blog, Amazon is soon releasing a hands-free feature. This feature requires an Alexa-enabled device so you can control content from your voice from anywhere at the given radius, much like Echo Show.

Sounds like cozy and lazy Netflix winter nights where you don’t have to take your hand out of the blanket – Bliss!

This new update is basically what Amazon coined as ‘Visual Experiences on Fire TV.’

It Gets Better

Alexa gives you an additional feature of taking complete advantage of the TV screen. You can view live smart home surveillance camera feeds, check the weather, and other commands that require visual responses. Further, you can play a movie, TV show, or search for any new content.

Let’s Get Started by Automatic Pairing – Simply Ask Alexa

It’s quick and easy. All you require to do is ask Alexa to play something and then confirm whether you want your Alexa device to control your Amazon Fire TV.

This automatic and flash pairing is enabled on all Echo devices excluding Echo Show/Spot. For that, you would have to use the Alexa app to pair the device to Fire TV. In case you need extra help, follow these instructions and you are all set for a great hands-free display.

Alexa Commands for that Visual Experience on Fire TV

In order to enjoy the famous Alexa experiences hands-free while connected to your Fire TV, all you have to say is “Alexa, show me….” before your request.

For example, “Alexa, show me the weather forecast” or “Alexa, show me my calendar.”

What’s best is that you can quickly navigate through the content with the generic Alexa phrases like Alexa, find horror movies” or “Alexa, show rock music playlist” and if you have to check your baby’s camera feed, you can then say “Alexa, show me baby camera.”

This is the convenience and quick navigation, that too hands-free, Amazon is aiming at. This great feature is expected to roll out to Fire TV devices in the upcoming weeks. So be sure to stay tuned!

Acer Swift 3 AMD Ryzen 5 4500U Review – Cheapest, Reliable, and Student-Friendly

This AMD Ryzen 5 powered ultraportable device is a great laptop for students providing them with the two most demanded qualities that are long battery life and portability. Acer Swift 3 ‘aces’ these two domains; providing a lightweight laptop with premium performance, all under a fairly low price. Lucky us, we already had one of these with us so writing about it comes easy – so let’s get into our Acer Swift 3 review. What should be the starting title?

Acer Swift 3 Review – Premium Performance with ‘Slight’ Compromises?

Acer Swift 3 Review
Via PC World

This title seems apt given what we are about to disclose for all you potential buyers out there – keeping it transparent for best-learned buy. So, what does one of the cheapest laptops running on the new AMD Ryzen 4000 series mobile CPU serves us?

Now, right off the bat you are getting the following when you unbox.

  • User guide
  • Warranty card
  • Power cable
  • 65W power brick
  • The Acer Swift 3 AMD Ryzen 4500U

Design – Ultrathin, Lightweight, Compact and Metal Body Sleekness

It doesn’t get better than this.

Already excited for this Acer Swift 3 review? This 14-inch laptop with no dedicated GPU isn’t meant for gaming. Just to make this clear in case you are hoping to get some serious heavy gameplay session on this small laptop.

Now, with that disclaimer out of the way and coming to the design in its entirety, you are looking at a sleek and feathery light compact laptop that won’t be felt in the backpack. To back this up, it is 15.95mm thin and weighs a mere 1.2kg.

It has a premium looking magnesium-aluminum chassis with Acer logo in the center giving a neat high-end look. It is, however, a bit of a fingerprint magnet but all is good here.

With the lid open, you get a 14-inch Full HD IPS display with Acer logo at the bottom. The Acer Swift 3 Ryzen packs a nice backlit keyboard and a smooth trackpad. There’s a webcam on the top bezel and a fingerprint scanner below the arrow keys; which is reliable and secure in my experience. As for the speakers themselves, they are decent enough which can provide sound quality that is passable. But if you want good enough sound quality then I would suggest you find external speakers for a more refined audio experience.

Now, you must have noticed that there is a Numpad missing. But given the compactness of the machine, it is understandable that there was no room for it.

Other than all this, the lid is pretty sturdy and not made to be open with just one hand alone which is a blessing. You wouldn’t want hinges that loosen up easily overtime.

Specs Sheet of AMD Ryzen 5 4500U

Connectivity Ports

Acer Swift 3 Review

On the left side you are getting a dedicated charging port, USB-C port, USB-A port, and an HDMI port as well. On the right you have another USB-A port, LED indicators, a Kensington Lock, and a 3.5mm combo audio jack.  

In a Nutshell

Overall, the feel is great and solid with nothing wobbly or loose hinges considering it does bend 180-degrees. However, the keyboard shows a bit of flex – so all you aggressive typers out there – you have been warned. Of course, you cannot expect to receive a feel like that of Macbook Pro 16-inch but considering the low price point, you are still receiving a great premium feel with that metal body.

Acer Swift 3 Ryzen 5 Review
Via Pocket Lint

The laptop lives up to its claim of being super productive as it provides 8GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD with a 60Hz refresh rate display. Yes, I would like to upgrade the RAM given the multi-task I do at work, but if you are a student, you may be alright with 8GB. Moreover, since the memory is soldered onto the board, you cannot expand it.

The downer would be the color inaccuracy and dim display (278-nits) but you can still work around it and it is not that big of an inconvenience given the price, so you can pass.

Let’s Talk About that AMD Ryzen 5 4500U and AMD Radeon Graphics

Unlike most of Ryzen 5 products out there in the market, this Acer Swift 3 includes Ryzen 5 without multithreading. So its a 6-core and 6 threads CPU and is a low powered version. Meaning, you cannot expect it to be as powerful as those higher-end ones including Acer Swift Ryzen 7 4700U.

Running a test on this, we were not disappointed as the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU performance outperformed the 8th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU. In addition, it is faster than high powered AMD CPUs from previous generations. Given the results, this little powerhouse can enable photo editing and light 1080p video editing. Which is quite decent given the mid-ranger AMD is providing.

Coming to the AMD Radeon Graphics, it easily beats Intel’s HD Graphics and is in line with the MX150 and MX230 dGPU. Meaning, you can play light games like Overwatch, Minecraft, and similar comfortably over 1080p at over 60fps. Again, not a gaming laptop, but can manage on low settings.

Other than that, on the whole, considering the price range of the Acer Swift 3 Ryzen, these specs are an upgrade for a cheap laptop. Agree?

Battery Life

You get 6 hours of productivity, nearly 9 hours of Netflix (I know, right?), and 9-10 hours of light work that includes browsing and such. So, the battery life on this little compact Acer Swift 3 Ryzen 5 is above average. If the work gets tough and those processors start doing the heavy work, that one fan that Acer Swift 3 comes with won’t run at full speed and you will get a quiet laptop.

Verdict?

It’s a fantastic compact greatness that provides decent performance under a small price tag making it the cheapest AMD Ryzen laptop with great specs. Overall, this laptop provides a solid build quality with amazing battery life. Unlike the popular belief of AMD Ryzen’s exhausting the batteries out. Yes, it is not a perfect machine, but it did outperform some high-end components as we mentioned above – so this Acer Swift 3 is a winner.

If this Acer Swift 3 review has got you into buying it for yourself then, check out the competitive price this laptop is being offered at Amazon.

So, What Are Your Planning?

If you ask us, you should go for it and you will not be disappointed. If anything, the convenience will make it hard for you to let it go that easily. Ask me, one of us uses this machine as our go-to travel buddy.