Here’s that all-in-one charging dock Apple should have made for its products

Was the AirPower mat Apple’s biggest marketing mistake or its greatest tactic? The minute they announced the all-in-one wireless charger for the iPhone, Airpods, and the Watch, designers and tech startups all around the world jumped at the opportunity to out-Apple Apple. Years later, the AirPower still hasn’t arrived, but the market is inundated multiple products that allow Apple’s users to charge all their gadgets. Apple spent absolutely zero dollars on actually pushing a solution into the market, but benefitted by having third-party companies fill in the void. However, amidst the sea of wireless chargers, the Air Omni stands out as perhaps the one true product that Apple ple hopes it had tried to push out. The Air Omni charges your iPhone, Watch, Airpods, and even your iPad. Apart from juicing the batteries of your favorite devices, it props them up too, acting as a stand for your iPhone/iPad so you can charge your devices while using them. With its virtually perfect desk-friendly size, the Air Omni fits seamlessly into your workspace, and can slide right into your laptop bag too, so you don’t need to have it just at your office. You can carry it back home, use it at cafés, or even at the airport, as a quick charging hub and workspace alternative. Just dock your devices, prop up your iPad, connect a wireless keyboard, and your charging hub becomes your makeshift office space. Like I said, the AirPower mat wishes it were the Air Omni.

The Air Omni’s biggest defining feature is that it comes built to dock the iPad too, which should honestly be given the same status as the iPhone, Watch, and AirPods… after all, the iPad is a mobile device too. Designed for not just charging but docking too, the Air Omni comes with a dedicated pop-up wireless charging hub for your Watch, specified wireless charging zones for your phone and AirPods, and a stand that lets you dock the iPad vertically and charge it via a cable – all while complying with Apple’s MFi charging standards. The docking zone’s unique design is truly innovative as it shapeshifts to let you alternate between docking your iPad as well as your iPhone. The vertical docking setup is supported by a port that pops right out of the Air Omni, allowing you to plug your phone/tablet as you place it against its backrest. But wait Sarang, you’re probably wondering, how can one port charge the iPhone as well as the iPad especially when the iPad’s later variant uses a Type-C connector? Well, that’s where the Air Omni’s clever switcheroo trick comes handy. On the back of the device is a nifty button that allows you to mechanically alternate between Lightning and Type-C ports, making switching between docking your iPhone and iPad incredibly easy. If you’ve got other devices that need charging (a fitness tracker perhaps, or a power-bank), the Air Omni comes with an extra set of ports that allow you to plug up to two devices in… and as far as wireless charging on the Air Omni’s surface goes, a unique, patented coil layout allows you to wirelessly charge your gadgets no matter how you place it.

Speaking of out-Apple-ing Apple, the Pitaka Air Omni ditches the white plastic and anodized aluminum CMF palette for something more hardcore – after all, the product is vastly better than anything Apple could think of. Made from Aramid (Kevlar), the Air Omni comes in matte black, and is incredibly damage-resistant (which is more than I can say about Apple’s charging cables) as well as flame-resistant. It supports the charging of non-Apple devices too (definitely a baller move), and for good measure, also throws in a secret compartment for storing things like SD cards, money, or anything you’d need to stash away inside a secret compartment. A culmination of a bunch of good ideas, the Air Omni is perhaps the most mindful charging hub I’ve seen in a while for a few reasons. For starters, unlike Apple’s AirPower mat, it exists. Additionally, it holistically charges all your devices including your iPad, comes with the ability to turn your charging setup into a workplace setup (thanks to the vertical dock), takes care of all your charging needs while occupying just one plug-point… Plus, you don’t need to worry about tangled-up charging cables (or throwing money at Apple every time a charging cable breaks) – which to be honest is perhaps Air Omni’s most unsung bit of praise.

Designer: Pitaka

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This AirPods Pro Case Looks Likes It Came from Easter Island

So you spent a pretty penny on a pair of Apple’s pricey AirPods Pro earbuds. You can’t just carry them around in their nondescript white charging case now, can you? You need something special to go with your fancy wireless audio gear, and I think this case definitely meets that criteria.

The Portrait Stone case makes your AirPods Pro case look like an ancient stone statues like the ones on Easter Island. Unlike the mysterious stone Moai created by the Rapa Nui, this one was made much more recently, using soft and stretchy silicone. It’s also much wider than it is tall.

It’s a fun way to protect your precious earbuds and to visit one of the world’s wonders without leaving your house. This particular version of the case is available from Hong Kong outfit Brando for $16, but you can find similar ones over on Amazon for a few dollars less. Buy a bunch, and you can stand them up just like the ones at the famed tourist attraction. They’re a bargain compared to flying all the way to Chile to see the real deal, and you don’t have to worry about getting in trouble for knocking them over.

Every Apple AirPods design flaw solved by these conceptual Samsung earbuds

As we adjust to this new normal, we are understanding the value of a good pair of earphones. Given that we are constantly on a video call with a co-worker/friend or isolating with roommates/family, earphones are a part of the heroes of our homes…of course, WiFi is the supreme leader of that list. Inspired by essential personal devices that help us during quarantine, Designer Felipe Duarte has created Yinyang earbuds for Samsung that are going to make you want to switch from your AirPods because it solves the major issues we face – the one-size that doesn’t fit all, the case which is an added device to charge, the bulky aesthetic, portability without the case and a charging solution if you lose the case.

The Yinyang earbuds are influenced by the duality of the millennia-old cultural concept of yin and yang. The Chinese philosophical thought behind the yin and yang is the balance between two forces that oppose and complement each other at all times. These conceptual Samsung earbuds are designed to reflect that philosophy by striking a perfect balance between user experience and portability. Yinyang earbuds are created to be the smallest in the market to that it can fit everyone (a problem I personally go through with my first-gen AirPods). The compact size will be achieved by getting rid of the ear tips.

The conceptual technology of the Yingyang earbuds that make it one-of-its-kind lies in the inflatable hook which secures the earbuds in place. It also features wireless charging and magnets on the rear end of the gadget so they can be charged on the back of our NFC-enabled cell phone, thus eliminating the need for a charging case (if there was one, I would humbly request it not to resemble a floss box). You can also kinetically charge the earbuds by keeping yourself moving (we all could use some extra steps and exercise right now!) if your phone dies. The Yinyang earbuds can also be attached to the lapel of the jacket – that is how portable they are and with the sleek aesthetic, you are upping your accessory game with your tech.

Felipe, if you are reading this, please make this happen once we are all back out in the world, thank you.

Designer: Felipe Duarte

 

A designer’s sensible take on the AirPods redesign

All it took was a chamfer to make the AirPods sensible. Designer Xhakomo Doda reworked the world’s favorite wireless earbuds, giving them a slight facelift to make them better. Better how, you ask? Well, these redesigned AirPods don’t need an ugly Dental-Floss case, and they can snap to the sides of your iPad Pro to charge too. That’s better, isn’t it?

Xhakomo’s AirPods look virtually the same, barring a slight chamfer on one side that allows you to magnetically dock it in places. The two AirPods can either be docked to their wireless-charging baseplate (which acts as a replacement for the AirPods case), or can be docked to each other, securing them in a way that makes it easier to prevent one of them from getting lost. The flat surface even goes the distance, allowing you to snap the AirPods to the side of an iPad Pro the way you would an Apple Pencil, allowing you to charge them in a way that uses Apple’s ecosystem pretty efficiently… not to mention that flat surface can actually do a better job of guiding your fingertips and giving you a better surface to tap, double-tap, and slide against.

Designer: Xhakomo Doda

Logitech’s 3-in-1 dock charges your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods

Now that wireless charging is becoming an increasingly popular method of juicing our devices, brands are looking at ways to simplify the experience even further -- why have several charging pads and docks when you could just sling all your Apple stuf...

Apple’s Leaked iOS 14 Build Reveals New Over-ear Headphones

Over-ear Headphones

In yet another leak regarding an Apple product, a leading tech magazine revealed that Apple may launch a new pair of over-ear headphones. The publication obtained the code for Apple’s iOS 14 update, albeit an early build. The code consists of two icons for connected headphones in iOS and iPadOS. The icons are both dark and light, which suggests that Apple will offer a minimum of two colors. The leak seems to be genuine as Apple’s previous headphones have similarly been leaked in the past. 

What are the unique features of the new over-ear headphones?

There isn’t much information available at the moment but one can assume that these earphones will be similar to AirPods in a number of ways. They will come with a similar seamless pairing process. They may also boast of an auto-pause function. This means, when the user removes the headphones, the audio automatically stops. iOS 14 may only arrive this fall, and there is a lot of time for the actual specifics to be confirmed. People have been waiting for these premium headphones from a long time and the rumors have existed for a long time too. 

Will these headphones be better than AirPods?

It is important to remember that customers have often criticized Apple’s AirPods. They have suggested that they do not stick in the ear as they might like them to. Some also complain that the audio quality isn’t all that great. Others suggest that AirPods may also pose health risks to some individuals. Hopefully, Apple will take care of at least a few problems that people have with AirPods, when it launches these new premium headphones. 

Apple may launch the new over-ear headphones to beat competition

Apple is under severe competition lately. A number of companies have surpassed traditional rivals such as Samsung. Oppo, Huawei, and other companies have given both Apple and Samsung a run for their money. Consequently, Apple is under immense pressure to launch products that are not only premium but also affordable. As a result, these premium headphones maybe competitively priced, and may not be astronomically priced. However, one will have to take a cautious approach and wait and watch. More details will arrive in the coming months surely. 

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The world’s thinnest truly-wireless earphones don’t feel like a floss-box in your pocket

In the interest of consumer-friendliness, someone designed what is arguably the most satisfying pair of truly wireless earphones. The CARD20, as they’re called, come with a coveted iF 2020 Design Award for being incredibly slim, pocket-friendly, yet as robust and long-lasting as other truly wireless earphones on the market. They feature a capsule-shaped design that measures a stunning half-inch in thickness, allowing them to slide right into your pocket without creating that unsightly bulge. To keep the CARD20 thin and lightweight, the case even comes with a windowed lid that allows you to see the headphones inside them, giving you the added advantage of knowing if you’re ever missing an earbud by simply looking at the case.

The case’s razor-thin and lightweight build comes thanks to opting for an aluminum construction over a plastic one. The individual earbuds (which weigh 0.1 ounces each) feel practically weightless, while their design profile ensures a proper, lasting fit, brought about by testing the earbud’s design on as many as 6000 ears. The CARD20 comes equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 for a strong, low-latency connection, and the earphones provide 4 hours of music playback, while the case can juice them for an additional 16 hours.

Like all truly wireless smart earbuds, the CARD20 lets you use intuitive gesture-based controls to play or pause music, increase or decrease volume, answer and reject calls, and even summon your phone’s voice assistant… and to top it off, they’re IPx4 waterproof too, making them slimmer, lighter, classier (that anodized aluminum finish, though) than other truly wireless earphones, while being just as functional… and THAT’s how you design award-winning consumer-friendly tech. Oh, and they’re just $79!

Designer: YOBYBO

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