Rumor has it that the next iPad will launch at an event in October, and we’re expecting a major revamp. One of the key changes was the much-anticipated removal of the home button, bringing the entry-level iPad model into line with the iPad Air, iPad Pro, and pretty much every high-end iPhone Apple sells, plus the iPhone SE, which is in the bargain basement.
New rumors suggest iPad 2022 model, the tenth generation of the iPad tablet, will have a new look but will keep the old and familiar button. This leak comes from a bulletin sent by the Twitter leaker ApplePro leaks (opens in new tab), available by subscription only. Presumably this means the bezel around the display won’t shrink much. We’ve also heard that the sides of the device will be flattened, making it look more like the iPad Air in profile.
Our leaker also expects the next iPad, like the more powerful iPad Pro, to use USB-C. This comes from the same leak that suggested the next one. iPhone 15 family could use USB-C for each model. It is entirely possible that we are at the beginning of the end of Apple Lighting on mobile devices.
The next iPad may also support Apple’s most sophisticated writing device, the Apple Pencil 2. Currently, Pencil 2 only works with the iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro, but not the regular old iPad. The next iPad could change that. We recently saw a slip up from the Apple Crayon maker logitech showing support for upcoming iPad Pro models, but nothing indicating support for the base iPad model. The Logitech Crayon Digital Pencil uses the same technology as Apple’s Pencil.
Finally, after some delay, we will see the release of iPad OS 16. The phone version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 16, arrived a few days after the announcement of the iPhone 14 family. We’ve been tracking the progress of the iPad OS 16 beta, but we haven’t heard official news of when it will be available to the mainstream. Now it looks like the day of the iPad is going to be the big day for software and hardware. If you want to familiarize yourself with the entire iPad family ahead of the big launch, check out our best iPad round up.
Review: An older-looking iPad should have an older-looking price tag
We won’t be hasty to dismiss this iPad just because it retains a feature that Apple has been slowly killing off in every other device it makes. Clearly, the home button has no long-term future with Apple, but that doesn’t mean this won’t be a great tablet to buy. After all, the iPhone SE represents a powerful bargain in the iPhone family lineup, and its aged exterior hides the tough technology inside. We consider one of best iphones You can buy.
Either way, this could mean that we won’t see a huge price increase for the new 2022 iPad. A major revamp that completely changes the face of the device offers more justification for Apple to raise prices. If the new iPad looks like an evolutionary upgrade from the last model, but not an entirely new beast, it might start at the same price. In this year of massive cost-of-living crisis, this might be considered the most welcome feature.
The rumors are true: Google has released a new, more affordable version of its Chromecast devices, but it costs some features found on older models.
Nicknamed Chromecast with Google TV (HD), hunches of this new device have emerged recently with some reports speculating that the company is expanding hardware support for non-4K TVs. And sure enough, that’s what’s happening. This new Chromecast HD (opens in new tab) it’s essentially a toned down version of the 2020 model that supports 4K HDR streaming and multiple Dolby video formats.
On the surface, the new device looks identical to the older model as all changes are internal.
For $29.99, HD Chromecast lets you stream content in 1080p resolution (1920×1080 pixels) at 60FPS. Support for 4K resolution is gone and so is Dolby Vision, an HDR (High Dynamic Range) format that allows for brighter colors and deeper blacks. The new device supports HDR10 and HDR10+ which are not as robust as Dolby Vision, but still improve visual fidelity. Memory has also been downgraded as the Chromecast HD has 1.5GB of RAM compared to the 2GB of RAM found in the 4K version.
What hasn’t gone are the Dolby audio features (opens in new tab). Dolby Digital, Digital Plus and the atmospheres (opens in new tab) audio format are still present in Chromecast HD. Dolby Digital and Digital Plus, for those who don’t know, are compression technologies that help the device to produce high quality audio without losing fidelity. Dolby Atmos, on the other hand, is a format that replicates spatial sound for a more immersive experience. Atmos is present via HDMI pass-through, so you’ll need the right equipment, like a soundbar that supports the format.
The Chromecast HD package is split into the dongle itself, which you can directly connect to a TV via the HDMI cable and a remote.
On that remote you’ll find the same navigation circle present on the 4K model, as well as some dedicated buttons for opening YouTube, Netflix and accessing Google Assistant. The remote also comes with voice control to give the Assistant a command. You can even, according to Google, check a Nest Doorbell device’s video feed via Chromecast HD.
O Chromecast with Google TV (HD) (opens in new tab) is now available for purchase at the company store, but only in Snow White. Australians will have to pay a little more, however. In Australia, the device costs $59 AUD, which is around $40 USD.
Renewing Google TV
The launch of HD Chromecast comes at an interesting time as Google updates its Google TV service.
Back on August 22, the company admitted that its service didn’t perform at its best and has been trying to fix that ever since. A recent update brought improved storage management and a performance boost. The company claims that Google TV has over 10,000 apps on it.
There are also Rumors circulating about Google TV getting 50 extra channels live TV with the need for an extra subscription. Considering how the Chromecast HD started as a rumor and the newfound interest, the 50 channels could become a reality.
The performance of an HD-only Chromecast in a market where 4K TVs are quickly becoming the standard remains to be seen. For those looking for a streaming bargain, however, it might just be the ticket.
Be sure to check out ‘s review of the HD Chromecast’s big brother, the 2020 4K HDR model (We liked a lot).
The Lovelace GPU series is finally here! Nvidia finally showed us the goods, revealing the RTX 4090 and two versions of the RTX 4080 at this year’s GTC event, and we’re now trying out all the variants offered by third-party GPU manufacturers like MSI, Asus, Zotac, and more.
So, to get into the Team Green spirit, let’s do a short rundown of some eye-catching new variants from the aforementioned manufacturers, as well as what to expect in the coming months. We’ll discuss the significant changes these companies have made to meet the undoubtedly intense needs of the RTX 4000 series and what that could mean for us as release dates are announced.
Before we dive in, there’s a specific model we’d like to talk about first. This one is a personal favorite on our list and it’s a pretty easy guess why.
Colorful’s new iGame GeForce RTX 4000 Neptune graphics card series has a new look to match the updated liquid cooling system. The Neptune series now features an all-white color scheme with customizable RGB lighting and a slim 2-slot matte finish.
Promotional photos show the new system with pink, blue and purple lighting on fans, creating an aesthetic that is often associated with female players. Women have been making a name for themselves in the community for a long time, creating really colorful and impressive PC versions, broadcasting and commenting on the state of the gaming industry, which I love to see! Personally, I love this version of the RTX 4000 series and find it incredibly cute, but it immediately brings up a terrifying thought: the pink tax.
The pink tax is the – unfortunately common – phenomenon where items designed for women (or that don’t meet the conventional dark, angular designs of the traditional aesthetic of products aimed at men) cost significantly more, even if they serve exactly the same function, work or have the same characteristics. same specifications. While the Neptune series is not explicitly marketed to women, it is a very impressive kit that is likely to be very appealing to a female audience. The white and pink aesthetic is strongly associated with women gaming, and seeing the aesthetic in the world of already expensive GPUs makes your wallet shake a little.
We don’t yet have release dates or pricing information for these third-party cards, but there is concern that already expensive equipment could be even more expensive for certain audiences.
The pink tax discussion entered the gaming world very recently with the Logitech Aurora collection. The collection featured fun-colored keyboards, mice, and accessories that were aimed at the women’s gaming market, with more add-ons to be purchased for a more customizable experience.
The only problem with this is the fact that Logitech has delivered this to female gamers with the pink tax included. On the edge (opens in new tab) notes that most of the products available in the collection have significantly shorter battery life or look and feel very similar to the less colorful headsets and mice offered by Logitech, but at more expensive prices.
The unaffordable pricing that the Aurora collection flaunts as being ‘gender inclusive’ only demonstrates the point that companies are aware of the issue and are comfortable continuing to charge certain groups in the community more for essentially the same product. There’s no logical reason why a little pink or lilac should cost almost $50 more.
We’re not charging the pink tax charge specifically against Colorful and the new iGame GeForce RTX 4000 series graphics cards, just pointing out a common problem hitting consumers in most markets. Seeing a product with ‘feminine’ colors or designs raises little alarm bells in our minds, and we hope that by bringing this to light, we can help players make more informed choices.
MSI has unveiled its version of the GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 series and it is very beautiful. MSI’s new graphics card lineup seems to focus on improving and redesigning its cooling systems, a move that makes a lot of sense when considering how powerful (and, in turn, how hot) the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 will be.
The models we will see from MSI are the Suprim, the Suprim Liquid, the Gaming Trio and the Ventus.
Suprim graphics cards are all about performance, efficiency and prestige. The new and advanced cooling system, Tri Frozr 3s, is equipped with TORX Fans 5.0, 10-core heatpipes and airflow control fins that promise to maximize performance while keeping the GPU temperature cool. The RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 16GB models will also have a vapor chamber, while the RTX 4080 12G model will have a solid nickel-plated copper baseplate. The Suprim will be equipped with RGB Mystic Light with customizable lighting options and users will be able to quickly switch between low noise or additional performance settings. The RTX 4090 model will occupy 3.75 slots and the RTX 4080 models will occupy 3.75 and 3.5 slots respectively. That’s a lot of room to give up, so heed this warning to you, fellow small PC users.
This generation will also introduce the Suprim Liquid series, which will utilize a connected closed-loop liquid cooling system to keep temperatures low and performance high. MSI Silent Gale P12 fans provide massive air pressure, and the TORX 5.0 fan situated on top of the heatsink promises even more cooling at peak performance. This model is only available for the RTX 4090.
trio of games
We see a familiar look and feel with the Gaming Trio, with just a few updates, like the iconic three fans, which focus airflow on the improved Tri Frozr 3 cooling system. This model also hosts a nickel-plated copper baseplate and features RGB LEDs that work with MSI’s Mystic Light Sync and Ambient Link software to create a customizable, colorful experience. The graphics card will occupy 3.75 slots for the RTX 4090 model and 3.25 slots for the RTX 4080.
This model continues its no-frills design philosophy. The Ventus is slim and has an improved cooling system, reinforced aluminum backplate, and a simple but satisfying aesthetic that fits into any build. It’s a pretty practical design that seems to do what it says on the box. This one is a little thinner than its siblings, coming in at 3 and 2.5 slots for the 4090 and 4080 respectively.
Release dates for all of the above models have yet to be released by MSI, although we suspect we could see the series in late October or early November to coincide with the release of Nvidia’s standard GPUs.
Asus is in on the action, releasing GPUs in its ROG Strix and TUF Gaming lines, introducing pretty beefy variants of the GeForce RTX 40 series and we’re here for it! The designs of the new models are industrial and chic and, once again, place great emphasis on the latest and greatest refrigeration techniques.
ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090
Asus claims to have designed this graphics card with higher resolution and refresh rates in mind, and we can see aspects of that feeling in these graphics cards. The new 3.5-slot ultra-rigid die-cast frame is designed to prevent sagging and warping while allowing for uninterrupted airflow, which is a balancing act for such a compact and powerful graphics card. The rebuilt heatsink and updated Axial technology fans promise a 24% increase in airflow than the previous ROG RTX 3090, which would be impressive if true.
TUF Gaming Geforce RTX 4090
TUF gaming cards aren’t much different from the ROG Strix models we’ve known so far, aside from a slightly slimmer body and ARGB lighting that works with Aura Sync. There’s a huge opening on the edge of the backplate and a new vapor chamber to help with cooling. This is turning out to be a pretty big graphics card, something to keep in mind if you have a small or compact PC.
The design choice Zotac made with its version of the GeForce RTX 40 series is a favorite of some of our team members. Each of the three models has a very interesting squoval design that works really well with the RGB setup and general vibe that Zotac is trying to follow. We will see three variants: AMP Extreme AIRO, Trinity and Trinity OC.
AMP Extreme Air
This is the new flagship model, designed with “gamers and enthusiasts who want the best performance” in mind, according to Zotac. The new ‘Air Optimized’ design features counter-rotating fans and full RGB lighting on the die-cast metal backplate.
The AMP Extreme Airo features the IceStorm 3.0 Advanced cooling system, which mounts three large fans that are twice the blade height and width of its previous generation. The steam chamber is paired with nine composite copper heat pipes, which are larger than those seen on some other models. The new modern design allows waste heat to escape more freely through the ventilation paths.
Trinity and Trinity OC
The Trinity and Trinity OC models utilize the same IceStorm 3.0 Advanced Cooling system as the AMP Extreme Airo, as well as active fan control and a heavy-duty metal backplate. Both Trinity models have SPECTRA 2.0 RGB lighting and a new Firestorm Utility feature that comes with more options and controls such as clock speed, fan speed, fan curve settings and more. The design is similar in form to Zotac’s flagship, but a little less flashy overall.
All in all, we have a wide range of GPU designs to choose from in the coming months, all with different aesthetics and specs to suit a variety of needs. Many third-party manufacturers have faced the challenge that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4000 series presents, trying to cope with the power and performance that the graphics card can achieve.
The 4000 series will give us graphics processing power like we’ve never seen before, and it’s obvious from the new variants we can see around October 2022 that manufacturing companies have had to step up their game to match the obvious excitement that PC gamers have. have around. the new cards. Meanwhile, the RTX 3000 series GPUs are already seeing significant price cuts and may continue to do so as we approach release dates, so this is the perfect time to buy one if you’ve been waiting.
With cheaper prices for a (now) more affordable GPU, the RTX 4000 series may not have as many eager buyers as expected. Most people won’t need the kind of performance output that the RTX 4000 series offers, so buying any of the RTX 3000 series models can be a great idea if you want great performance for a much cheaper price. Until the announcement the RTX 3000 series, particularly the RTX 3090 Ti, were the best on the market, and now that these cards are significantly cheaper, this is the perfect opportunity to experience that level of performance without breaking the bank.
Most of the models we’ve reviewed are configured to take up a few slots in whatever PC case they’re installed in, and are very, very large and heavy. They all seem to be focused on improved cooling solutions and that could be a nod to how hot the RTX 4000 series will run. So basically: be prepared to make some room in your rig’s chassis!
Ever looked at the glowing white Home button on your Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 and wondered, ‘what if it was purple?’ Well, now it might be, with the latest Xbox update.
Microsoft has released an update for the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 that allows for home button color customization. Want to change that plain white light for a pink, green or even yellow? Now you can!
Accessible through the Xbox Accessories app on Xbox Series X|S (via Xbox Wire (opens in new tab) ), you can choose from over 16 million colors by changing hue and saturation, thanks to RGB support. But it’s worth noting that this new feature is only available for the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2. If you have a standard Xbox Wireless Controller, you’re out of luck for now.
The update arrives on the same day as the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 Core Edition release. This white version of the Elite, officially revealed earlier this month, is cheaper than the standard black one. But that’s only because the accessories included in the standard edition are sold separately for the white variant.
Ready to make your controller your screen? Customize the Xbox button color on your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 pic.twitter.com/AaZORHBv2KSeptember 21, 2022
How to Customize the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 Home Button
To start customizing the home button color of your Xbox Elite Controller Series 2, you need to update it with the latest firmware. You might be prompted to do this the next time you turn on your Xbox console.
Once updated, go to ‘My Games & Apps’ and find the Xbox Accessories app. This can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store if you don’t already have it. Once in the app, choose (or create) a profile for your Xbox Elite Controller Series 2.
You should then see a new ‘Color’ tab in your controller’s profile. Navigate to that and you can start changing the Xbox Home Button Hue and Saturation.
A nice update, but…
I’m a huge sucker for hardware customization of any kind. Anything from swappable thumbsticks to RGB lighting and I’m in. So I must be a big fan of this latest Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 update. And I am… almost.
I find it a shame that the color of the Xbox Home button remains static after being customized. It’s a petty detail, I’ll admit, but as someone who loves the color shift effects on my Corsair K65 PC and keyboard, I can’t help but be a little disappointed with the Elite’s implementation. Just a little, though.
But in any case, it’s a lovely new feature and should work brilliantly in conjunction with the Xbox Design Lab, which the Xbox Elite Series 2 controllers will be added to later this year.
Die Akkuprozentanzeige in iOS 16 ist zu einem beliebten Thema geworden, seit das Update for alle mit einem iPhone 8 and höher verfügbar ist, aber eine Vorschauversion von iOS 16.1 verfeinert sie weiter.
Anstatt eines konstanten Wertes vor dem Batteriessymbol wird nun auch die Batterie selbst abnehmen. Wenn dein iPhone also zum Beispiel 20% erreicht, wird das Symbol wie bisher in Rot angezeigt, während die Prozentzahl bestehen bleibt.
Es ist zwar nur eine kleine Änderung, aber sie kommt denjenigen zugute, die das Beste aus beiden Welten wollen – ein Batteriessymbol, das den Prozentsatz anzeigt, während die Batterie selbst zusammen mit dem Wert abläuft.
Du kannst dich selbst davon überzeugen, wenn du dein iPhone für Apples Beta-Softwareprogramm (opens in new tab) more installed and iOS 16.1 installed. Mir gefällt es im Moment besser, zumal auch andere iPhones diese Funktion erhalten werden, sobald das Update für alle verfügbar ist.
Wenn es nicht kaputt ist…
Der Prozentwert verschwand, is also Aussparung mit dem iPhone X im Jahr 2017 eingeführt wurde, da es zu wenig Platz für beides gab. Die Funktion gab é zum ersten Mal 2009 on iOS 3, wo jeder, der ein iPhone 3GS or other models besaß, einen Schalter umlegen konnte and ein numerischer Wert neben dem Batteriessymbol erschien.
Apple beschloss jedoch, Diese Funktion mit iOS 16 in einer neuen Form wieder einzuführen, bei der der Wert über dem Batteriessymbol angezeigt wird. Ich habe mich gefreut, dass dies auf meinem iPhone 13 Pro wieder der Fall ist, denn bisher musste ich das Kontrollzentrum von der oberen rechten Seite des Displays herunterklappen, um es zu sehen. Jetzt kann ich stattdessen einfach einen Blick auf den Wert oben rechts werfen.
Aber man kann es nicht allen recht machen. Deshalb verbessert Apple das Symbol so, dass es den Batteriestand anzeigt, so wie es vorher war. Wenn ich mir das auf meinem iPhone X mit iOS 16.1 ansehe, sieht es für mich jetzt unübersichtlich aus – du hast ein sich änderndes Batteriessymbol und einen numerischen Wert an Derselben Stelle.
Da wir uns noch in der Beta-Phase befinden, kann sich das noch ändern, bevor iOS 16.1 erscheint, aber es wäre gut, wenn man das Batteriessymbol besser anpassen könnte, so dass jeder Nutzer es so anzeigen lassen könnte, wie es jetzt ist oder wie es in Zukunft sein könnte. Trotzdem ist es schön, nach so vielen Jahren einen Prozentwert zu haben, aber wir werden abwarten müssen, bis iOS 16.1 for alle mit einem iPhone 8 and höher verfügbar ist.