How Apple earbuds were influenced by Star Wars Stormtroopers

How Apple earbuds were influenced by Star Wars Stormtroopers

Here's a fun bit of design trivia for you. The Wall Street Journal published a big article on Apple chief designer Jony Ive's touches on the soon-to-be-opened Apple Park today, but that's not the key piece of the article in my opinion. The fascinating bit? Apple's white plastic earbuds that came with the original iPod and have since morphed into the EarPods and AirPods we know so well were influenced by none other than the sparkling white body armor of Star Wars Stormtroopers.

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Hearing Aid Pro: Hearing assistance with an iPhone

Hearing Aid Pro: Hearing assistance with an iPhone

One of the "badges of honor" that comes along with advancing years is hearing loss. Whether it's medically-caused, the result of too many years of listening to loud music, or just plain old age, almost everyone gets to the point that their hearing isn't as sharp as it used to be. Hearing Air Pro (US$9.99) is designed to act as a hearing aid that runs on your iPhone, and since I was recently diagnosed with significant hearing loss in my left ear, I thought I'd give it a try.

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Sounds good! AirPods, Lightning EarPods, and new Beats wireless headphones

Sounds good! AirPods, Lightning EarPods, and new Beats wireless headphones

Apple today reiterated its belief that "Music is in our DNA" by making a series of announcements that really point to the company's commitment to sound. Not only do the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus include stereo speakers built-in, but they'll also come with new Lightning EarPods. The biggest news, though, was the introduction of wireless AirPods and new Beats wireless headphones. 

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AWT News Update: August 5, 2016

AWT News Update: August 5, 2016

It's Friday, a bit slow in the Apple news department with the exception of rumors, a rise in share prices, industry consolidation, and our Drobo giveaway.

  • Shares in AAPL ended up higher this week, rising about $3.04 per share from Monday's open
  • Incipio has acquired Apple accessory manufacturer Griffin Technology
  • Forbes says Apple's working on a special low-power Bluetooth chip to be used in wireless EarPods
  • Join Team AWT today and get the opportunity to enter our giveaway of a Drobo 5Dt
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