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Apple usually releases an iOS update every month or two, and these updates have bug fixes, patches and occasionally new features. But if you want to try new features before they're widely available, you can sign up to be a part of Apple's Beta Software Program.

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This program allows you to test beta versions of iOS software before wider release. New iOS features can be fun, but we recommend only downloading a beta on something other than your primary phone just in case the new software causes issues. Apple also provides beta testers with an app called Feedback. Testers can notify Apple of any issues in the new software with the app, that way the problem can be addressed before general release. 

If you want to beta test the latest iOS software and help push it across the finish line, here's how to sign up for Apple's Beta Software Program.

Signing up for the program takes a few steps. Here's how to sign up on your iPhone.

1. Back up whatever iPhone you plan to use beta software on. Again, we recommend using an iPhone that isn't your main device.

2. Go to the Apple Beta Software Program page on that iPhone.

3. Tap Sign Up.

4. Sign into your Apple ID.

5. You should already be in the iOS section, but if not, tap iOS under Guide for Public Betas.

6. Tap enroll your iOS device under the Get Started section.

7. Tap Download profile and Allow.

8. Go back to your home screen and tap Settings.

9. Tap Profile Downloaded.

10. Tap Install in the top-right corner of your screen. 

11. Enter your passcode and tap Install again on the consent form.

12. Tap Install for the third time.

13. Restart your iPhone.

14. Once your phone has restarted, go to Settings and tap General

15. Tap Software Update and if one is available, get it as you normally would.

For more on iOS, check out the what's included in iOS 16.3.1 and features you might have missed in iOS 16.3iOS 16.2 and iOS 16.1.

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Killexams : US Agency Urges Deployment Of Apple’s Updates For iPhones, Macs

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Kyle Alspach

A federal cybersecurity agency says that a vulnerability in iOS and macOS, now patched by Apple, can be exploited to ‘take control of an affected device.’


The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said Tuesday it’s encouraging the deployment of Apple updates “as soon as possible” for a vulnerability affecting iPhones, Macs and iPads.

On Monday, Apple released iOS 16.3.1, iPadOS 16.3.1 and macOS Ventura 13.2.1 in response to the discovery of the zero day WebKit vulnerability, which is being tracked at CVE-2023-23529. The vulnerability “may have been actively exploited,” Apple said.

[Related: Zero Trust Security’s New Pitfall To Avoid: Over-Investing]

In an advisory Tuesday, CISA drew attention to the issue by noting that “an attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected device.”

In its notes on the WebKit vulnerability, Apple said that it’s “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.”

The flaw affects iPhone models as far back as iPhone 8, Macs running macOS Ventura and numerous iPad models.

CISA said it’s urging administrators and users to review the information posted by Apple and “apply the necessary updates as soon as possible.”

The vulnerability has been characterized as a type confusion issue, which was addressed through “improved checks,” Apple said. It was discovered by an anonymous researcher, according to the company.

The security fixes also address a kernel vulnerability (CVE-2023-23514) in iOS, iPadOS and macOS Ventura that was discovered by researchers at Google Project Zero, and a shortcuts vulnerability (CVE-2023-23522) in macOS Ventura.

In its postings, Apple added that it “would like to acknowledge The Citizen Lab at The University of Toronto’s Munk School for their assistance,” though didn’t specify which issue or issues The Citizen Lab had assisted with.

The organization has been active in uncovering and publicizing vulnerabilities that can be utilized in surveillance activities, and is well-known for exposing spyware makers such as NSO Group.

Kyle Alspach

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The new HomePod second-generation

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What's old is new again as Apple's original HomePod has returned with revamped internals and big sound — but an unchanged high price.

The HomePod launched as a product without an real home. It was generally received well — including by us — on factors other than price. By any measure, though, it didn't sell well at launch.

Weak demand necessitated a price drop of the HomePod from $349 to $299 to spur sales. It still wasn't enough, and Apple unceremoniously unplugged the first-generation HomePod following the success of the much more affordable HomePod mini.

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The secondhand market then flourished. HomePods sold on eBay sold well above their original price as users lusted after the larger sound.

In an about-face several years later, only lightly heralded by the rumor mill, Apple resurrected the full-size HomePod with a new second-generation unit that bears a striking resemblance to the original but with all-new internals and extra features.

We will likely never know the whole story, but there's a strong probability that this new HomePod was pushed back by Apple as supply chain drama grew over the summer and into the fall. It wouldn't have surprised us if Apple originally planned to release the updated HomePod in its September keynote alongside the new iPhones.

The 2022 date printed on the bottom of the box reinforces this, plus the HomePod ships with software version 16 installed out of the box.

A postponement near last-minute would explain why version 16 of the HomePod software contained few new features. Apple instead shipped a slew of new features with the just-released HomePod software version 16.3, which also arrived for the HomePod mini.

Same on the outside, not on the inside

The new HomePod looks much like the original, though it is very slightly smaller. It measures 6.6 inches tall, exactly twice the height of the HomePod mini.

The new HomePod is .2 inches shorter

Around the outside is Apple's in-house designed audio mesh which comes in white or Midnight, replacing the Space Gray. Midnight looks strikingly similar to Space Gray but has a very slight blue hue.

On top is a large touch-sensitive surface used to control playback, invoke Siri, and adjust the volume. The backlight has expanded this time, lighting up the whole area with multi-colored lights when Siri is listening.

The new etched volume buttons

Apple used to identify the volume controls by illuminating them from behind. On the new model, Apple pulled from the HomePod mini's design and uses etched symbols instead.

It's hard to see the volume controls during music playback

The problem with the etched symbols is that when music is playing, the soft glow that emits from the center obfuscates them. It's hard to tell precisely where you need to touch to adjust the volume.

A non-slip surface covers the bottom that has the exact same issue the original HomePod had — it will leave rings on some finished wood tables.

We're trying to understand why Apple didn't opt for some other material on the base as they did with the HomePod mini. The fisheye discoloration is common with silicone rings on electronics on finished wood tables, and Apple's material engineers have to know this, as it is in no way a new phenomenon.

Arguably, though, since it's a known phenomenon — and has been for about 50 years — they knew it from the start with the original HomePod. Perhaps they didn't care then, and still don't.

The power cable can now be easily removed

In a big win for repairability, Apple has chosen to include an easily removable power cable. The power cable has a proprietary end with a cover that presents a seamless look but can easily be pulled free.

The cable has a braided exterior and is color matched, portraying a polished look. In a pinch, you can swap it for nearly any standard C7 power cable you have on hand.

Apple is no stranger to C7 cables. The Apple TV and Mac mini use them, after all. Of the dozen or so we tried, not every replacement cable worked, but most did.

An internal upgrade

Within the HomePod's mesh exterior sits a four-inch woofer and five horn-loaded tweeters. This is a downgrade from the OG HomePod's seven tweeters in number only.

The same goes for the microphones that dropped to four from six, though we noticed no difference when calling on Apple's titular assistant.

HomePod mini and the new HomePod side by side

An upgrade from the iPhone 6's A8 processor, Apple is using the S7 SoC. It's the same chipset found in the Apple Watch Series 7.

Other new internals includes room-sensing capabilities without the need for a dedicated accelerometer and environmental sensors for the smart home user — more on that later.

It also supports Thread and is equipped with Apple's ultrawideband U1 chip.

Some aspects took a step backward, though. Because of that A8, Wi-Fi got a downgrade to 802.11n from 802.11ac, which Apple says is capable enough for music streaming while being more energy efficient.

This is fine. You won't be able to hit any bandwidth limites on 802.11n while streaming music, no matter how complicated.

Siri smarts

HomePod still doesn't have a proper display — we yearn for Apple to release some version of a tabletop HomePod-iPad combo device — so to interact, you primarily use Siri or the AirPlay menu on your other devices.

Compared to not only the first HomePod but the HomePod mini as well, Siri is far faster. Siri responds quickly to our requests and sets scenes much more expeditiously.

The top spins and displays vivid colors when Siri is listening

Siri has learned new tricks recently, such as the ability to ask where friends and family members are that are shared via the Find My app and you can set up reoccurring smart home automations just by using your voice.

Siri still needs to Boost compared to other virtual assistants. Sometimes we'd say, "Siri, close the bedroom shades," and Siri would respond "there are no devices in the studio that can be set to that position."

That's wrong on two levels because the studio does have shades, and we specifically asked about the bedroom. How it misconstrued this request evades us.

There are also inconsistencies with other requests. You can ask Siri to open the shades daily at 6 AM on your HomePod, but if you ask on your Apple Watch, Siri says she can't do that.

Siri has plenty of privacy benefits and has come a long way since it was released, but it's clear Apple still has improvements that it needs to make.

Smart home chops

For smart home users, the second-generation HomePod is substantially more capable. It works as a Home Hub for Homekit and as a Matter hub.

A Home Hub in Apple Home is necessary for remote access, running automations while you're away, and processing HomeKit Secure Video.

It is a Thread border router, bridging any Thread-enabled accessories to your network and expanding your Thread mesh network throughout your home.

HomePod now has humidity and temperature sensors

An environmental sensor will also display the temperature and humidity of its encompassing room within the Home app. You can ask Siri what the temperature or humidity is, or look in the Home app to see these.

These sensors can be used in automation routines like closing the shades during the day if the temperature rises too high or turning on the dehumidifier if the humidity level reaches a certain threshold.

The features add up to an excellent smart home brain, even if Siri still has room to grow.

It still has the intercom feature, allowing you to make announcements to specific rooms or people. Just say, "tell the whole home dinner is ready," to send everyone running.

That said, the HomePod mini can do this at a much lower price. What separates the two is audio quality.

Audio finessed

HomePod has a larger design that leads to much more internal volume, as compared to the HomePod mini. It outputs much more bass and can fill larger rooms with ease.

You can pair two second-generation HomePods together in a stereo pair which sounds excellent. It's an easy comparison to the HomePod mini but generation over generation, not all that clear.

Opinions vary on this within the AppleInsider staff, but overall, we think the new HomePod does sound better than the original — but not by a large margin. There's more separation in the layers with more fidelity on the high end.

That's especially good with the reduction in tweeters. The bass is still heavy, putting out the low end on plenty of rock tracks on our testing playlist.

Other reviewers have said they sound near indistinguishable. Your mileage may vary based on what you listen to and how.

Use the new U1 for audio handoff

Just like the HomePod mini, the new HomePod has Apple's U1 chip which can help place objects in 3D space. It improves the handoff experience with your iPhone.

Bring your phone near the HomePod, and the vibration gets stronger before it almost "pops" as it passes the audio from your phone to the speaker. It works in reverse as you transfer the music from the HoemPod back to your phone.

This works for phone calls too which is handy as you walk through your home's door and you want to pass the call to the loudspeaker.

You can also use two HomePods with your Apple TVApple TV. Two HomePods support Dolby Atmos spatial audio, though your experience will vary based on your room setup.

HomePod sounds better than HomePod mini, when compared one-on-one. Two HomePod minis sound about as good as a single full-size HomePod, and you get stereo separation.

For your TV, two HomePods sound better than the majority of $500 soundbars.

A safe, unexciting upgrade

HomePod is a great speaker. Apple upgraded Siri with new abilities, improved the audio, boosted the processor, and retained the decreased price versus the original release. In doing so, Apple bolstered its place in the smart home.

Other than one-on-one sound quality and volume, it does everything on the same level as the HomePod mini. Apple didn't introduce anything new with the updated HomePod over the HomePod mini other than the removable power cable.

HomePod mini is still right for most users

The new HomePod is a very safe upgrade from Apple, but doesn't do much to justify its $300 price tag. $249 sounds like a better price tag for the big HomePod as-is, especially with new competition from Sonos on the horizon. We'll be talking more about how it compares to alternatives in the coming weeks.

There is certainly a market for the large HomePod. But, we can't say Apple has done enough with the new model, to help it grow.

HomePod 2 - Pros

  • Better, louder sound than the HomePod mini
  • Great smart home capabilities with sensors, Thread, and Matter
  • Fantastic Apple TV companion
  • Easy setup
  • Multi-room audio with AirPlay 2 devices

HomePod 2 - Cons

  • Siri still needs improvement
  • Volume buttons are hard to see
  • No new colorways
  • Slightly too expensive

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Killexams : M2 Pro Mac mini review: Best price to performance Apple Silicon yet

The M2 Pro Mac mini

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The M2 Pro version of the Mac mini offers extra performance grunt to the compact Mac, in a package that hits the sweet spot, and threatens its larger stablemate, the Mac Studio.

Updated February 15 with Geekbench 6 scores

The Mac mini has always been an effective entry-level option for upgraders and switchers who already have a keyboard, mouse, and display, but just need the brains of the operation.

There has always been a narrow computing power range in that small block, but until now, it never spanned that much of the performance spectrum. If you wanted more power than that fairly small range, you could get a MacBook Pro, a Mac Pro, or more recently, a Mac Studio.

Even going into the Apple Silicon era, the first wave of releases only offered minor variations of the M1, with no option for anything more impressive like the M1 Pro, M1 Max, or M1 Ultra. Stretching that far means a change to an entirely different model.

However, for the 2023 model, Apple's spec bump update is a fair bit beyond what happened last time. Sure, you could get an M2 chip, but now you can go up to an M2 Pro if you need that extra performance.

Providing access to two chip tiers means you could use it as an entry-level model or opt for something more impressive.

We keep saying that the Mac mini is a known quantity in Apple's lineup. The M2 Pro option brings it to a new and exciting level.

M2 Mac mini and M2 Pro Mac mini vs M1 Mac mini — Specifications

Specifications M1 Mac mini (2020) M2 Mac mini (2023) M2 Pro Mac mini (2023)
Starting price $699
Best M1 Mac mini prices
Best M2 Mac mini prices
Buy now
Dimensions (inches) 1.4 x 7.7 x 7.7 1.41 x 7.75 x 7.75 1.41 x 7.75 x 7.75
Weight (pounds) 2.6 2.6 2.8
Processor Apple M1 8-core CPU Apple M2 8-core CPU Apple M2 Pro 10-core CPU,
Apple M2 Pro 12-core CPU
Graphics 8-core GPU 10-core GPU 16-core GPU,
19-core GPU
RAM 8GB, 16GB 8GB, 16GB, 24GB 16GB, 32GB
Networking 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible,
Bluetooth 5.0,
Gigabit Ethernet, 10Gig upgradable
802.11ax Wi-Fi 6E wireless networking
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible,
Bluetooth 5.3,
Gigabit Ethernet, 10Gig upgradable
802.11ax Wi-Fi 6E wireless networking
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible,
Bluetooth 5.3,
Gigabit Ethernet, 10Gig upgradable
Storage 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 8TB
Display Support Maximum of 2:
One 6K 60Hz over Thunderbolt
and one 4K 60Hz over HDMI
Maximum of 2:
One 6K 60Hz over Thunderbolt
and one 5K 60Hz over Thunderbolt
or 4K 60Hz over HDMI
Maximum of 3:
Two 6K 60Hz over Thunderbolt
and one 4K over HDMI.
Up to 8K resolution or 240Hz possible over HDMI
Ports HDMI,
Two Thunderbolt 4,
Two USB-A,
Gigabit Ethernet,
3.5mm headphone
Two Thunderbolt 4,
Two USB-A,
Gigabit Ethernet,
3.5mm headphone
Four Thunderbolt 4,
Two USB-A,
Gigabit Ethernet,
3.5mm headphone

M2 Pro Mac mini - Design

If you've just finished practicing the M2 Mac mini review, you are probably expecting that this is going to be highly similar in many ways. You would be right.

Many elements of the M2 Pro Mac mini are unchanged from the M1 or M2 versions.

The M2 Pro Mac mini is still 7.75 inches wide and deep and 1.41 inches in height, so it'll still slot in with any docks or accessories that rely on the physical dimensions of the model.

M2 Pro Mac mini has the same form factor

This curved square of aluminum is a little heavier in its M2 Pro variation, weighing in at 2.8 pounds or 0.2 pounds heavier than the non-Pro edition. The weight difference is likely due to a change in thermal management rather than an externally-present change.

One of the only real signs it's an M2 Pro model is around the back, where the ports reside. Instead of two Thunderbolt 4 ports, the count has increased to four.

Apple knows what it's doing when it considers target audiences. The M2 variant will appeal to families and casual users who don't have a lot of peripherals. Not only do "pro" users often have more gear to attach, but there is an increased likelihood they're high-speed Thunderbolt devices.

We'd have loved to have a couple of front-facing ports for quickly connecting a charger or flash drive, but that's what the Mac Studio is for.

While Apple is rumored to be working on a significant change to the design, including plexiglass-like covers, it's not here, and it's not clear if it ever will be. That's not a bad thing, as the current design of the Mac mini has stayed around for so long because it works so well.

It's a shame that it's not all-new, but it's not a problem either.

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M2 Pro Mac mini - Power and performance

There are two variants of the M2 Pro available to purchase. The first is the 10-core version, which includes six performance cores, four efficiency cores, and a 16-core GPU.

The other is a 12-core model with eight performance cores and four efficiency cores, plus an upgraded GPU with 19 cores.

The M2 and M2 Pro versions are very similar

There's also the 16-core Neural Engine in the M2 range, which sees its performance boosted from 11 trillion calculations per second in the M1 to 15.8 trillion.

Both M2 Pro versions have a memory bandwidth of 200GB/s, double the M2 variants. The amount of unified memory available is also higher, starting at 16GB and going up to 32GB.

Like the M1 Pro, the M2 Pro continues to house the Media Engine, namely hardware-accelerated encoders and decoders for H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW footage. Here, there's one each of the video decode and encode engines, plus a dedicated ProRes encode and decode engine.

In this review, we tested the 12-core M2 Pro with the 19-core GPU, 512GB of SSD storage, and 166GB of memory. Other than the memory and storage, this machine is maxed out.

M2 Pro Mac mini - Connectivity

The back of the Mac mini has always been where Apple congregates the ports, and given the thin box design, it makes sense to do so from a manufacturing standpoint. Since it also pushes all the wiring to the rear, it's good for aesthetic reasons too.

Like the M1 and the M2 models, the back includes the 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 4 ports, which support USB 4, USB 3.1 Gen 2, DisplayPort, and other older standards. With four ports instead of two, this can enable more hardware to be connected directly to the unit, without running out of connections.

To the right are two USB-A ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack with support for high-impedance headphones. Access is still awkward if you're reaching around blindly and one of the USB ports is occupied, but it's not a massive headache.

There's also the customary HDMI port, in case you don't have a DisplayPort or USB-C display.

For the Pro model, the supported display count is higher, from two to three displays. It's possible to have two 6K 60Hz screens over Thunderbolt and one 4K 60Hz HDMI display running simultaneously, or one 6K 60Hz over Thunderbolt and a 4K 144Hz screen over HDMI.

If you use one monitor, that HDMI port can handle an 8K picture at 60Hz, or a 4K resolution at 240Hz.

To the left is the Gigabit Ethernet port, upgradable to 10Gb Ethernet if you need the extra speed, the power connection, and the power button.

For wireless connectivity, Apple includes an update to Wi-Fi 6E, which will be helpful on Wi-Fi networks that support the standard. Bluetooth 5.3 is also in use instead of Bluetooth 5.0.

The headphone jack and the typical built-in speaker handle Non-HDMI audio duties. That speaker will do at a pinch, but you're better off employing a TV's speakers over HDMI or hooking up something to that headphone jack.

M2 Pro Mac mini - Configuration options

The base M2 Pro Mac mini is $1,299, which nets you the 10-core M2 Pro with the 16-core GPU, 16GB of unified memory, and 512GB of SSD storage.

Upgrading to the M2 Pro with the 12-core CPUT and 19-core GPU costs an extra $300. If you want 32GB of memory, that's $400 more, and 10-gigabit Ethernet is $100 extra.

Storage upgrades, as usual, are expensive at the time of configuration. From 512GB to 1TB, it's an extra $200, with another $400 getting you to 2TB, a further $600 again to 4TB, and an eye-watering $1,200 on top of that to get the 8TB model.

Memory upgrade options on M2 Pro Mac mini

With the top chip and memory, the price for the unit goes from $1,299 to $1,999, if you keep storage at 512GB. Bumping up to 8TB as well brings the maximum cost to $4,499.

Since you cannot upgrade or change internal components after purchase, a recommendation for saving money would be to put the budget into the memory and chip upgrades and minimize your storage increase.

Using an external SSD or NVMe drive attached to one of the four Thunderbolt ports will still deliver you high-speed and accessible storage with real-world speeds of up to about 3GB/s, and notably less expensive than Apple's pricey upgrades.

M2 Pro Mac mini - Performance

The M2 Mac mini had a solid improvement compared to the M1, so we expected similar results on the M2 Pro. As it uses the same CPU cores, just more of them, the single-core Geekbench 5 results are nearly identical.

We got 1951 on the M2 and 1953 on the M2 Pro. These compare favorably to 1688 scored by the M1, representing a roughly 15 percent gain. Apple promised up to 18 percent faster CPU, so these numbers aren't far off.

Single-core Geekbench results

With the additional cores, the M2 Pro version of the Mac mini flies. It notched an impressive 15172 on the multi-core test. Again, that's comparing the 12-core M2 Pro versus the 8-core M2.

Multi-core Geekbench results

Under the newly-released Geekebench 6, we saw 2656 and 14317 on the single and multi-core tests respectively.

On Cinebench R23, the M2 Pro Mac mini earned a 14792 on the multi-core test, which is incredible when the M1 Max Mac Studio only scored 12389.

A Mac Studio mini?

The M2 Pro edition of the Mac mini puts the pint-sized processing device into new territory. Sure, it provided more than enough performance for computing tasks in its previous guises, but now it's pushing to new heights.

Indeed, with high performance in the Mac mini form, it does raise the question of whether it's worth getting the M1 Max-equipped Mac Studio.

Bring your keyboard, mouse, and display

The 12-core M2 Pro outpaces the 10-core M1 Max found in that machine. You can pick up the new 10-core M2 Pro Mac Mini for $1,300 while the M1 Max Mac Studio starts at $2,000 — a $700 savings with similar performance.

Spending another $300 gets you a 12-core M2 Pro Mac mini, still a $400 savings and now better performance. Mac Studio has more ports, but if you're comfortable with Ethernet, four Thunderbolt, HDMI, and two USB-A, the Mac mini wins out.

Plus, the Mac mini has extra benefits the Mac Studio doesn't, such as support for 4K 240Hz and 8K displays.

There are still many justifications for going to the Mac Studio, including the far higher CPU and GPU core counts, higher memory options, and the sheer novelty of having something that looks like a chunky Mac mini on your desk.

The Mac Studio is still the choice of users who want Apple Silicon performance on their desks. The M2 Pro Mac mini doesn't quite reach that level, but it still offers more than enough to keep demanding users happy without needing to pay for the steroid-consuming Mac Studio.

The new Mac mini is a great machine

If Apple comes out with an M2 version of the Mac Studio housing an M2 Max and M2 Ultra, the M2 Pro Mac mini will easily slot in as the option between the M2 value proposition and the upper tier model.

But for the moment, it is a great desktop option if performance is needed, but the cost is still a factor.

M2 Pro Mac mini Pros

  • M2 Pro chip
  • Upgraded CPU and GPU performance
  • Compact and understated design
  • Four Thunderbolt ports
  • Improved HDMI output for high-end workflows
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Lots of existing peripherals to match the existing form factor

M2 Pro Mac mini Cons

  • High cost for memory and storage upgrades
  • No user upgradability
  • No front-facing ports

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Killexams : Galaxy S23 Ultra barely beat Apple’s cheap iPhone SE in a gaming test

The Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, and Ultra will start shipping this week to buyers who preorder the handset. The phones rock impressive hardware that should deliver great performance. We’re looking at a custom Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip across the board, plus faster storage and faster RAM. But the Galaxy S23 isn’t the fastest phone in town, and it won’t outperform the iPhone 14, 13, or 12 in benchmark tests.

Moreover, a exact gaming performance test showed that the Galaxy S23 Ultra can barely match the iPhone SE that Apple launched last year. The mid-range iPhone features the same A15 Bionic chip as the iPhone 13 series and base iPhone 14 models.

YouTube channel Golden Reviewer put the Galaxy S23 Ultra through the same Genshin Impact gaming test it uses for other smartphones.

The best Galaxy S23 model managed to pull ahead of all Samsung phones the YouTuber tested previously. But the Galaxy S23 Ultra wasn’t in the top 10 with its performance. The phone reached an average of 55 frames per second during the 10-minute gaming session. It also heated up to a max temperature of 43.6ºC (110.48ºF).

Right below the Galaxy S23 Ultra, we have the iPhone SE 2022. The mid-range handset managed to reach 54 frames per second at a temperature of 45.1ºC (113.18ºF). The iPhone’s average power consumption is another big win for the iPhone. Samsung is far from offering the same efficiency as Apple.

Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy S23 Ultra did worse than the iPhone 14 Pro Max (A16 Bionic) and iPhone 14 Plus (A15 Bionic). As we’ve explained before, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus feature a slightly better A15 variant and much better cooling than the iPhone 13.

What’s interesting is that other Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered devices fared better in the same test. The Xiaomi 13 Pro topped 59.4 frames per second, registering a peak temperature of only 39.3ºC (102.74ºF). Other Xiaomi flagships featuring last year’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus chip also did better in the real-life gaming test than Samsung’s 2023 flagship, as seen above.

As for other Samsung phones, the new handset is a much better gaming device than the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Last year’s flagship managed 42.1 frames per second in the gaming test, overheating to 46.5 ºC (115.7ºF) in the process.

The conclusion is on par with previous Galaxy S23 Ultra performance tests we’ve seen. The new phones feature high-end hardware that’s superior to last year’s Galaxy S22 series. But the new handsets aren’t the most powerful flagships in town. Samsung still has work to do, both when it comes to optimizing the software and cooling the handset.

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Killexams : Virtua Consulting Acquires Gravity, an Apple Authorized Service Provider

New York, NY February 06, 2023 --(PR.com)-- Virtua Consulting, a leading provider of Apple technology consulting and training services, is pleased to announce they have acquired Gravity, Mid-Missouri’s only Apple Authorized Service Provider. Gravity’s repair and networking services are a valuable addition to the Virtua Consulting family which includes Virtua Computers, an NYC-based Apple consultant, and MyMacMentor, an Apple technology training company.

Virtua Consulting CEO Justin Esgar and President Lauren Antia are thrilled to welcome the Gravity team to Virtua Consulting and excited to bring new faces, opportunities, and offerings to the Virtua family.

Jonathan Sessions from the Gravity team will become Virtua Computers' new Director of Customer Experience, where he will play a key role in ensuring that all customers have a positive and productive experience with their technology. Sessions is certified with Apple Deployment and Management, Unifi Network Specialist, Ubiquiti Enterprise Wireless Administrator, Click-Up Certified Expert and Addigy Certified Expert. With years of experience working on Apple products and networks, Sessions will bring the Apple ethos to Virtua and its clients.

Gravity Senior Consultant Kyle Huebotter will also join Virtua Computers, bringing a depth of networking knowledge to the team and further strengthening the company’s consulting work. Huebotter is certified Apple Deployment and Management, Unifi Network Specialist, Ubiquiti Enterprise Wireless Administrator, and Addigy Certified Expert.

Gravity’s Apple Authorized Service Provider will continue to be led by Director of Operations Justin Gross with Lead Technician Josh Paquin spearheading repairs on Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apple watches, AirPods, and Beats by Dr. Dre. Gravity’s service and repair center will help Virtua Consulting expand their offerings to both home and business clients.

The Gravity team will join Virtua Consulting’s Director of Technology Luke Hakken, Senior Consultant Kellie Williams, Consultant and MyMacMentor Trainer Samm Robinson, and Consultant Samuel Lumerman.

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Killexams : Apple Juice Concentrate Market Size 2023 With Factor Outlook, Deployment Viewpoint, Society Size Outlook

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Detailed TOC of Global Apple Juice Concentrate Market Research Report 2023 1 Apple Juice Concentrate Market Overview 1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Apple Juice Concentrate 1.2 Apple Juice Concentrate Segment by Type 1.2.1 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Market Size Growth Rate Analysis by Type 2022 VS 2028 1.3 Apple Juice Concentrate Segment by Application 1.3.1 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Consumption Comparison by Application: 2022 VS 2028 1.4 Global Market Growth Prospects 1.4.1 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Revenue Estimates and Forecasts (2017-2028) 1.4.2 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Production Capacity Estimates and Forecasts (2017-2028) 1.4.3 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Production Estimates and Forecasts (2017-2028) 1.5 Global Market Size by Region 1.5.1 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Market Size Estimates and Forecasts by Region: 2017 VS 2021 VS 2028 1.5.2 North America Apple Juice Concentrate Estimates and Forecasts (2017-2028) 1.5.3 Europe Apple Juice Concentrate Estimates and Forecasts (2017-2028) 1.5.4 China Apple Juice Concentrate Estimates and Forecasts (2017-2028) 1.5.5 Japan Apple Juice Concentrate Estimates and Forecasts (2017-2028) 2 Market Competition by Manufacturers 2.1 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Production Capacity Market Share by Manufacturers (2017-2022) 2.2 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Revenue Market Share by Manufacturers (2017-2022) 2.3 Apple Juice Concentrate Market Share by Company Type (Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3) 2.4 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Average Price by Manufacturers (2017-2022) 2.5 Manufacturers Apple Juice Concentrate Production Sites, Area Served, Product Types 2.6 Apple Juice Concentrate Market Competitive Situation and Trends 2.6.1 Apple Juice Concentrate Market Concentration Rate 2.6.2 Global 5 and 10 Largest Apple Juice Concentrate Players Market Share by Revenue 2.6.3 Mergers and Acquisitions, Expansion 3 Production Capacity by Region 3.1 Global Production Capacity of Apple Juice Concentrate Market Share by Region (2017-2022) 3.2 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Revenue Market Share by Region (2017-2022) 3.3 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Production Capacity, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2017-2022) 3.4 North America Apple Juice Concentrate Production 3.4.1 North America Apple Juice Concentrate Production Growth Rate (2017-2022) 3.4.2 North America Apple Juice Concentrate Production Capacity, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2017-2022) 3.5 Europe Apple Juice Concentrate Production 3.5.1 Europe Apple Juice Concentrate Production Growth Rate (2017-2022) 3.5.2 Europe Apple Juice Concentrate Production Capacity, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2017-2022) 3.6 China Apple Juice Concentrate Production 3.6.1 China Apple Juice Concentrate Production Growth Rate (2017-2022) 3.6.2 China Apple Juice Concentrate Production Capacity, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2017-2022) 3.7 Japan Apple Juice Concentrate Production 3.7.1 Japan Apple Juice Concentrate Production Growth Rate (2017-2022) 3.7.2 Japan Apple Juice Concentrate Production Capacity, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2017-2022) 4 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Consumption by Region 4.1 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Consumption by Region 4.1.1 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Consumption by Region 4.1.2 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Consumption Market Share by Region 4.2 North America 4.2.1 North America Apple Juice Concentrate Consumption by Country 4.2.2 United States 4.2.3 Canada 4.3 Europe 4.3.1 Europe Apple Juice Concentrate Consumption by Country 4.3.2 Germany 4.3.3 France 4.3.4 U.K. 4.3.5 Italy 4.3.6 Russia 4.4 Asia Pacific 4.4.1 Asia Pacific Apple Juice Concentrate Consumption by Region 4.4.2 China 4.4.3 Japan 4.4.4 South Korea 4.4.5 China Taiwan 4.4.6 Southeast Asia 4.4.7 India 4.4.8 Australia 4.5 Latin America 4.5.1 Latin America Apple Juice Concentrate Consumption by Country 4.5.2 Mexico 4.5.3 Brazil 5 Segment by Type 5.1 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Production Market Share by Type (2017-2022) 5.2 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Revenue Market Share by Type (2017-2022) 5.3 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Price by Type (2017-2022) 6 Segment by Application 6.1 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Production Market Share by Application (2017-2022) 6.2 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Revenue Market Share by Application (2017-2022) 6.3 Global Apple Juice Concentrate Price by Application (2017-2022) 7 Key Companies Profiled 7.1 Company 7.1.1 Apple Juice Concentrate Corporation Information 7.1.2 Apple Juice Concentrate Product Portfolio 7.1. Apple Juice Concentrate Production Capacity, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2017-2022) 7.1.4 Company’s Main Business and Markets Served 7.1.5 Company’s exact Developments/Updates 8 Apple Juice Concentrate Manufacturing Cost Analysis 8.1 Apple Juice Concentrate Key Raw Materials Analysis 8.1.1 Key Raw Materials 8.1.2 Key Suppliers of Raw Materials 8.2 Proportion of Manufacturing Cost Structure 8.3 Manufacturing Process Analysis of Apple Juice Concentrate 8.4 Apple Juice Concentrate Industrial Chain Analysis 9 Marketing Channel, Distributors and Customers 9.1 Marketing Channel 9.2 Apple Juice Concentrate Distributors List 9.3 Apple Juice Concentrate Customers 10 Market Dynamics 10.1 Apple Juice Concentrate Industry Trends 10.2 Apple Juice Concentrate Market Drivers 10.3 Apple Juice Concentrate Market Challenges 10.4 Apple Juice Concentrate Market Restraints 11 Production and Supply Forecast 11.1 Global Forecasted Production of Apple Juice Concentrate by Region (2023-2028) 11.2 North America Apple Juice Concentrate Production, Revenue Forecast (2023-2028) 11.3 Europe Apple Juice Concentrate Production, Revenue Forecast (2023-2028) 11.4 China Apple Juice Concentrate Production, Revenue Forecast (2023-2028) 11.5 Japan Apple Juice Concentrate Production, Revenue Forecast (2023-2028) 12 Consumption and Demand Forecast 12.1 Global Forecasted Demand Analysis of Apple Juice Concentrate 12.2 North America Forecasted Consumption of Apple Juice Concentrate by Country 12.3 Europe Market Forecasted Consumption of Apple Juice Concentrate by Country 12.4 Asia Pacific Market Forecasted Consumption of Apple Juice Concentrate by Region 12.5 Latin America Forecasted Consumption of Apple Juice Concentrate by Country 13 Forecast by Type and by Application (2023-2028) 13.1 Global Production, Revenue and Price Forecast by Type (2023-2028) 13.1.1 Global Forecasted Production of Apple Juice Concentrate by Type (2023-2028) 13.1.2 Global Forecasted Revenue of Apple Juice Concentrate by Type (2023-2028) 13.1.3 Global Forecasted Price of Apple Juice Concentrate by Type (2023-2028) 13.2 Global Forecasted Consumption of Apple Juice Concentrate by Application (2023-2028) 13.2.1 Global Forecasted Production of Apple Juice Concentrate by Application (2023-2028) 13.2.2 Global Forecasted Revenue of Apple Juice Concentrate by Application (2023-2028) 13.2.3 Global Forecasted Price of Apple Juice Concentrate by Application (2023-2028) 14 Research Finding and Conclusion 15 Methodology and Data Source 15.1 Methodology/Research Approach 15.1.1 Research Programs/Design 15.1.2 Market Size Estimation 15.1.3 Market Breakdown and Data Triangulation 15.2 Data Source 15.2.1 Secondary Sources 15.2.2 Primary Sources 15.3 Author List 15.4 Disclaimer Continued….

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Killexams : Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch (2023, M2 Max) Review Wed, 15 Feb 2023 19:18:00 -0600 en text/html https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-macbook-pro-16-inch-2023-m2-max Killexams : Here’s how the HomePod Mini’s new bundle of features work

Here’s how the HomePod Mini’s new bundle of features work

Here’s how the HomePod Mini’s new bundle of features work


Apple’s smallest smart speaker is about to get a big update. We tried out some of the new features — including temperature and humidity sensing, enhanced Find My options, and knowing when to be quiet.

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Apple’s HomePod Mini can now monitor temperature and humidity.
Apple’s HomePod Mini can now monitor temperature and humidity.

While the sort of new HomePod grabbed all the attention this week, the HomePod Mini is also getting some new features. With the launch of iOS 16.3 (likely later this month), the Mini will get all the same smart home capabilities as the new, bigger HomePod second-gen. The differences between the two Apple speaker siblings are now mainly in size and sound capability. From new temperature and humidity sensing tricks to the ability to find your family for you and even set up automations with just your voice, these new features should make the HomePod Mini a little more useful around the house.

Both HomePods are also getting a Sound Recognition feature later this year, allowing them to listen for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. I saw a preview of this, and it looks like a useful integration, allowing you to talk directly to anyone in your home through the HomePod from a notification on your lock screen. But my favorite new capability is something Siri now won’t do — which is to talk back to you every time you ask it to turn off the lights. I like my voice assistants to say as little as possible.

The new capabilities will show up automatically once you update your devices to iOS 16.3 and HomePod software version 16.3, which should be available later this month. However, the Release Candidate of the iOS 16.3 beta landed on Wednesday, so I downloaded it to get an early look at some of these new features. Here are some first impressions.

Temperature and humidity sensing

We’ve known that the HomePod Mini had a temperature and humidity sensor onboard for a while, but it’s been dormant since launch. With HomePod software version 16.3, the chip is getting its wake-up call, and once your HomePod Mini is updated, it can start to monitor the temperature and humidity for you in the room it’s in.

You can see the readings at a glance in the Home app on iOS and iPad OS devices that are also updated to 16.3. The easiest way is to tap on the Climate shortcut at the top of the homescreen, which shows the readings of all temperature and humidity sensors in your home.

In the app, you can also see the readings at the top of the room the speaker is in. If you have multiple temperature sensors in the room, it will display an average of them. Tap on the practicing to get to the individual sensor’s readings and settings.

Here, you can rename the sensors. Oddly, the HomePod sensors showed up with different default names on each of the two HomePod Minis I have. On one, they came through as Humidity Sensor and Temperature Sensor, and on the other, they came through with a more generic HomePod Sensor136480.

You can create automations from this settings page to do things like trigger other smart home devices to respond to the temperature or humidity rising above or dropping below a certain threshold. You can also create scenes and automations using the sensors through the automations tab of the app.

As with most Apple Home automations, you can set parameters using time (any time, during the day, at night, or specific times) and / or people (when somebody is home, when I am home, when nobody is home, or when I am not home).

I successfully created an automation to turn on the heat on the mini-split unit in my bedroom to 68 degrees Fahrenheit when the temperature drops below 66 degrees Fahrenheit and then to turn on the AC when it gets above 76.

I also tested the HomePod Mini’s readings against an Aqara indoor air quality monitor, and they were consistently close, only varying by a degree at any one time on temperature and by around 2 percent on humidity.

Apple does warn that the sensors are optimized for ambient temperatures around 59 degrees Fahrenheit and 86 degrees Fahrenheit and that accuracy isn’t guaranteed when the speaker is playing music for long periods of time at high volumes. (I haven’t tested this yet.)

Other potential automations the sensors could be used for include lowering smart shades if the temperature rises in the afternoon when the sun may add radiant heat to the room — or to turn on a fan connected to a smart plug when the temperature rises or activate a compatible smart humidifier when the humidity drops below a certain point.

One thing I would like to be able to do that I couldn’t is set it to send a notification when the temperature or humidity changes significantly — which would be helpful, say, in a nursery.

A white HomePod Mini on a desk with a white sensor with an LCD screen next to it.
The HomePod Mini and the Aqara TVOC sensor had similar readings.

Currently, it looks like you can only set up automations with the sensors in Apple Home, not third-party HomeKit apps such as Eve, Home Plus, and Controller, as HomePod speakers don’t show up in these other apps. This likely means the sensors also won’t be exposed to Matter, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

You can also ask Siri what the temperature or humidity is in the room, and it will respond with a specific practicing from its sensor or an average if you have multiple sensors in the room.

A white HomePod Mini on a desk by a window.
The HomePod Mini can now tell you where your friends and family are.

Find your family

The HomePod Mini can now track your family and friends for you as well as any items you have connected to Find My through AirTags or any Find My-enabled devices. Just say, “Hey Siri, where is [insert name of a family member or friend or item]?”

I find Apple’s Find My feature to be a bit spotty. It always struggles to find my daughter, who has an Apple Watch, not an iPhone. But I tested this feature on my son with his iPhone 13, and it located him easily, replying with his distance and location to a nearby address. I also tested it with an AirTag connected to a backpack, and it responded accurately.

Set up Apple Home automations with your voice

You can now set up recurring Apple Home automations using Siri on the HomePod Mini. I tried to create one to lock my front door every night at 9PM and had a little trouble at first. The language has to be very precise; it didn’t like “every night,” so I had to say “every day.” But I eventually got it to work with this language:

“Hey Siri, set an automation to lock the front door at 9PM every day.”

Siri replied with a confirmation: “I’ve set the Yale lock to lock at 9PM starting this evening.”

I’m not sure how much I’ll use this ability, personally, but I can see it being a precursor to Siri potentially suggesting to set up automations for you, similar to Amazon Alexa’s hunches feature.

Siri now says less

Siri is my preferred voice assistant for smart home control, mainly because it doesn’t try to muscle in on the conversation as much as some of its competitors. But lately, it’s become more verbose. This update fixes that somewhat by replacing the sometimes long confirmation of actions following a smart home command with just a soft ding ding.

This applies to actions that involve devices not in the same room as the HomePod (for which Siri already only plays a confirmation sound) or ones that don’t show a visual change — like a heater.

Now, when I ask Siri on the HomePod Mini to turn the lights off in, say, the kitchen while I'm in the bedroom, instead of confirming audibly that the lights are off, there’s just a small sound to indicate that my will has been done.

However, if something goes wrong, it will still say, “I tried but some devices didn’t respond.”

Ambient sounds can now be part of scenes and automations

Finally, Apple says it’s remastered the ambient sounds on the HomePod Mini, including ocean, white noise, fireplace, and rain. These noises can now be added to scenes, automations, and alarms.

I tested this out with a Bedtime Scene I have that turns off lights, locks the doors, and adjusts the thermostat, and I was able to add ocean sounds playing on the HomePod to it. I could set the volume it would play at when the scene was activated, but I couldn’t set a time for it to turn off, which is something I’d like to see added.

Overall, these new features bring some much-needed functionality to the HomePod line (all of them will be on the new HomePod, too), which has been playing catch-up in terms of functionality to Amazon’s Echo devices. Those speakers have had sound recognition for a while now. They also can act as motion sensors and can reply in a whisper if you talk quietly to them, features I’d like to see come to the HomePod line, too. Just as long as Siri doesn’t pick up on Alexa’s “by the way” habit, where Amazon’s assistant offers what it thinks is helpful information entirely unprompted. It’s rarely helpful and often involves asking you to spend money.

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CORRECTION: Monday, January 30, 4PM: A previous version of this article stated that the HomePod Mini’s temperature sensing range was optimized for temperatures 69 degrees Fahrenheit and above. It is actually 59 degrees. We regret the error and rescind the “nice” comment.