New Truly Wireless Beats Powerbeats Pro Leak in iOS 12.2

After reports last week suggest Apple may be working on a Beats branded pair of truly wireless earbuds, new images discovered in today’s iOS 12.2 update give us a first look at the upcoming product. The images, which were first discovered by 9to5mac, are strikingly similar to the current Powerbeats model with the wire between each ear removed.

Powerbeats Pro iOS pairing animation, discovered by 9to5mac.

Other images in the release of iOS 12.2 show the Siri setup process, as well as the charging case. The case, which is a cross between Apple’s AirPods case and the soft touch shell case for other Beats headphones, would in theory serve to charge the hook-style ear buds when not in use.

The current Powerbeats are a very popular alternative to Apple’s AirPods, offering a more secure fit, thanks to over-ear hooks and adjustable ear tips. They also provide better noise isolation from sounds, making them more functional in louder environments than Apple’s minimal buds.

The previous rumor about the truly wireless earbuds suggested the new product could be released as soon as next month. Given the timing and the update to AirPods last week, it’s quite possible the new Beats would contain Apple’s H1 chip and support the “Hey Siri” feature, as well. According to another on-screen graphics discovered by 9to5mac, “Hey Siri” support is a lock for the Powerbeats Pro, which would support the previous rumor.

Obviously, there’s no details on pricing at this point, since these images were discovered in iOS software, but with the current Powerbeats 3 starting at $200, it seems plausible that these new, fully wireless earbuds, could fetch $250-300. It would also create a pricing shelf between the $160 entry price of AirPods and a more expensive Beats earbud.

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from Ian Fuchs – MacTrast

Did Fortnite Celeb Ninja Just Hint at Apple Gaming Platform?

Rumors seem to be swirling about what we might expect at Apple’s “It’s Show Time” event on Monday. Today, reports of a possible Apple gaming service turned up again, with the possibility of the service launching as soon as tomorrow.

At the same time, Fortnite celebrity gamer/streamer Ninja tweeted something rather curious.

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The similarities between the Pear in the image and Apple’s logo are obvious. So similar, in fact, that Nickelodeon has used a similar logo to imply Apple products in the show iCarly.

The tweet, which is incredibly vague, suggests that on Monday at noon (eastern), Ninja has something to reveal. The timing is slightly at conflict with Apple’s event, though, which isn’t scheduled to start until an hour later.

More curious is Ninja’s lack of usual streaming this evening. After promising followers on Twitter that he’d stream tonight, he ducked out to “potato”.

Perhaps he just wasn’t feeling it this evening, or maybe he’s busy getting a sneak peek at Apple’s gaming service. If the later is the case, the bid reveal tomorrow could simply be his presence at Apple Park.

Perhaps we’re just trying to read tea leaves that don’t tell the story. It all seems a little too suspicious to ignore, especially given the rumors this weekend about Apple’s possible “Netflix for Games”.

For now, we anxiously await seeing Apples next move, and how this wide-reaching services event plays out. It could be one heck of a show.

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from Ian Fuchs – MacTrast

Apple Teases Us With Steve Jobs Theater Live Stream

Apple has gotten extremely proficient at live streaming their events over the past few years. Now, in the lead-up for their “It’s Show Time” event, Apple is playing coy with its fans.

For the last few hours, Apple has been “live streaming” the stage of the Steve Jobs theater. According to the Verge, the video is actually a loop, which contains clips of someone cleaning the stage, clips of videos, and even an incoming call from actor Chris Evans.

When viewed closely, it’s clear that the style is inspired by old-school television sets. Additionally, some of the various clips seem to point to television or video content. This all-but confirms that Apple will be showing off some sort of TV/video streaming platform.

Another tip that this isn’t truly live is that the theater has been devoid of any foot traffic or audience. As Steven Troughton-Smith pointed out on Twitter:

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We’re not sure how much longer the video loop will be up, or what other Easter eggs might be hidden as the evening progresses. For now, you can drop in on the stream over on Apple’s site and get a very curated behind-the-scenes experience .

Apple will take the stage of the Steve Jobs theater Monday, March 25, at 10:00AM Pacific (1:00PM Eastern). As usual, Mactrast will have coverage of all the happenings after the event.

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from Ian Fuchs – MacTrast