Apple’s new Powerbeats Pro earbuds feature a “reinforced design” for improved “sweat and water resistance” along with an official IPX4 water resistance rating, which means they should be able to hold up to a good amount of moisture. Still, there were a lot of reports of the Powerbeats 3 failing due to sweat exposure, so we thought we’d test the liquid tolerance of the Powerbeats Pro with a series of water resistance…

A couple of months ago, Boss Audio debuted its latest aftermarket CarPlay receiver, the BVCP9685A, offering a relatively low-cost way to add wired CarPlay (and Android Auto) to your existing vehicle. The BVCP9685A is a double DIN unit with a 6.75-inch capacitive screen and a vertical strip of capacitive touch controls along the left side. With an external microphone and support for steering wheel controls and backup camera input when paired with…

Lexus recently announced that it is bringing CarPlay to some older vehicles, following the launch of CarPlay in new 2019 Lexus vehicles last September. CarPlay can be installed in the 2018 LS, LC, RC, RC F, and NX, and as pointed out by iPhone in Canada, the new CarPlay options are available in both the U.S. and Canada. According to Lexus, 2018 and 2019 vehicles equipped with a Lexus Multimedia System can…

Apple Park is decorated with the colors of Apple’s classic rainbow logo today in celebration of the formal opening of Apple’s new headquarters, and as a tribute to its late co-founder Steve Jobs, who helped conceptualize the spaceship-like design of the main building on the campus prior to his death. First and foremost, Apple has set up a stage with a rainbow arch within the inner circle of the main building, as…

Apple’s estimated U.S. iPhone installed base saw little growth in the first calendar quarter of (second fiscal quarter) of 2019, according to new data shared today by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). As of March 30, 2019, the U.S. iPhone use base hit 193 million units, compared to 189 million units at the end of the December quarter, marking two percent growth quarter over quarter. Apple’s iPhone user base was at 173…

When iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 launched earlier this week with the updated TV app that Apple first teased at its March event, Samsung also rolled out support for both AirPlay 2 and the new TV app, making it the first third-party company to launch these features. We have a Samsung TV set (the 2018 Q6F) that’s compatible with the new Apple offerings, so we thought we’d check them out to give…

Apple’s former retail chief Angela Ahrendts, who left the company last month after five years, has joined Airbnb’s board of directors. In May 2018, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said that he planned to appoint at least one woman to the company’s board, according to CNN. Ahrendts will be the second woman to join Airbnb’s board after Ann Mather of Pixar and Disney last August. “Angela has a reputation for pushing brands to…

Valve’s Steam Link app, which is designed to let you play Steam games on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV has finally made its way to iOS and is available for download as of today. Valve first announced the Steam Link app in May 2018 and planned to launch it soon after, but Apple ended up rejecting the app due to “business conflicts.” Though Valve argued that Steam Link was similar to…

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS 10.14.6 update to developers for testing purposes, just a few days after releasing macOS 10.14.5, an update that brought AirPlay 2 support to the Mac. The new macOS Mojave 10.14.6 beta can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after the proper profile has been installed from Apple’s Developer Center. We don’t yet know what improvements the next update…

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 12.4 update to developers for testing purposes, a few days after releasing the tvOS 12.3 update. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 12.4 developer beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV through a profile that’s installed using Apple’s Xcode software. tvOS updates have historically been minor in scale, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements…