ICYMI: We’re spending some time with Apple’s iOS 15 beta
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Apple’s iOS 15 is scheduled to go on sale this fall, and we’ve seen an open beta this week. According to Cherlynn Low, iPhone users have a lot to look forward to later this year. Meanwhile, Nicole Lee has set up both 8-inch and 5-inch Echo Shows in her home to check out Amazon updates, and says Echo Show 8 is now much more developed for video conferencing. Also, Daniel Cooper found a lot of likes on the Lenovo Legion 5, but admitted that the laptop came with some concessions.
After spending a few weeks trying out the latest iOS 15 features, including SharePlay and Focus modes, Cherlynn Low has come to the conclusion that Apple fans will have a lot of new things to try this fall. Since most of the changes are already available, it’s probably not surprising that the beta is quite complete. While testing SharePlay, Cherlynn encountered a few minor glitches. At first, it was hard to find out how to reach this feature, because the options only appear when a suitable media application is open during a conversation. And both parties need a subscription to broadcast on Apple TV + or Apple Music together.
Cherlynn especially liked the Focus modes, which allow users to create custom profiles that only allow them to receive notifications from selected apps or people. You can also select a Home screen that will show only the applications you want. You won’t see any other pages in this mode – just the app drawer and today’s screen – to minimize distractions.
Other updates include Live Text, which scans photos for text that can be used as foreign words in the menu to translate; richer and more detailed maps; better Spotlight search and share with you, it also combines the media sent by your friends. Cherlynn said the Air, Safari and Wallet apps have more to teach fans to enjoy the full release. He also spent time with a new one watchOS 8 betaThe Apple Watch brings more health and fitness tools, better communication and better integration with connected devices.
Amazon hasn’t changed much in the new one $ 129 Echo Show 8 and $ 85 Show 5and Nicole Lee says it’s good. The two devices escape the rotating screen inside Echo Show 10 and protect most of those working on previous models: a minimalist design, an ambient light sensor to adjust brightness and color temperature, and a camera cover for privacy. The Echo Show 8 has a screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 800, the Show has a screen of 5,960 x 480, and the latter is designed more as a nightstand device. Nicole was particularly pleased with the strong bass and impressive sound quality at Echo Show 8.
Now with an eight-core processor and a 13-megapixel wide-angle camera, the Echo Show 8 is now more useful for video calls. The camera also has digital panning and zoom technology, so it can watch you during video conferencing, although in Nicole’s experience, it took a few seconds to get started. But Show 8 won’t be the best for your video needs, as it’s not local YouTube, but also streaming support for Disney +, Paramount + and HBO Max. If you’re already in the Amazon ecosystem, Echo Show 8 says it’s the most value for money – but if you’re looking for something like an alarm clock, Show 5 is a better choice.
Although Lenovo is no longer known for gaming laptops, Daniel Cooper pointed out that it is new Legion 5 Pro the laptop is openly trying to capture more of this attention. With AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800H and NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3070 graphics, the machine is powerful and affordable for $ 1,530. Daniel noted that the 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD are less powerful, but they can be upgraded, and the 16-inch 165Hz QHD IPS screen keeps itself in bright light and reduces glare.
As for the design, users get a solid aluminum chassis with a professional-looking matte gray paint case and a large number of ports, including four USB-A, two USB-C, HDMI, Ethernet and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Daniel Lenovo said that typing on a TrueStrike keyboard is a unique experience: the “soft landing” keys make each start button feel a little deeper than 1.5mm. He liked the 720p webcam, which produces light-flowing fuzzy images, less, and the heat generated by the fan system was noticeable. However, the big advantage of the Legion 5 is the battery life – during testing, the car lasted only 4 hours and 43 minutes, which makes it the most useful when it is close to an outlet.
Cherlynn Low admits that designing a stylish fitness tracker is challenging. Fitbit has been tested several times before, but only recently Luxury, really chic – but Cherlynn says the size is actually the most impressive on the subject. Measuring 0.4 x 1.43 inches, the Luxe is capable of incorporating a heart rate sensor, oxygen saturation monitoring, sleep monitoring, water resistance and basic phone synchronization into a small frame.
However, the downside is that a small footprint also results in a small screen. The 0.76-inch AMOLED panel, which works with a resolution of 124 x 206, is hard to read. Cherlynn said the text, which shows exercise statistics, heart area information and notifications, can be nervously small for some. However, he had no problem using Luxe to track workouts and sleep information; It works as promised and the user interface is similar to other Fitbit devices without physical buttons. The touch screen was sensitive and could take up to seven days of battery life – even when the connected GPS was slightly open. Overall, Cherlynn calls Luxe well-crafted and skilled, but it is best for those looking for a ride.