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Apple Airpods Max: Are They Great for Travel?

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The talk behind Apple’s new Airpods Max is the price tag. But, can features make it a great headphone for travel?

The talk behind Apple’s new Airpods Max is the price tag. But, can features of the all-new Airpods Max make it a great headphone for travel?

When I first heard of the $549 price tag, I thought to myself there’s no way I’m spending that much on a headphone. But, then again I knew there would be people who would get it just because its Apple. However, after diving deeper into these new headphones I thought maybe there not so bad.

Apple’s Airpods Pro feature an ‘odd’ case. So, we don’t know if this would be convenient for everyone compared to other headphones which can be easily folded. While the Design looks questionable, reviewers say the Airpods Max is surprisingly comfortable.

On the other hand, the headphones’ build quality is also impressive and lives up to the price tag here. Apple calls the design ‘A radically original composition’. But if you’re planning to travel with your Airpods Max, the most important thing you’d want is noise cancelling. Personally, I can’t get on a flight with good noise-cancelling headphones.

CNET reports “The AirPods Max do sound impressive, like high-end headphones, with tight bass, natural mids, crisp highs and a wide soundstage for a closed-back headphone”.

Also read: Apple’s iPhone 12 Lineup—A Traveler’s Best Friend?

YouTubers and critics have also praised the noise cancelling on the Airpods Max. Many even say AirPods Max’s noise cancelling is the best there is now. Hence, slightly ahead of the much cheaper Sony WH-1000XM4.

Despite that, I personally feel the $549 Airpods Max being ‘slightly’ being better than the $350 Sony WH-1000XM4 doesn’t really count as a big win for Apple. But, I’ll applaud the Airpods Max for being the best noise-cancelling headphone out there now.

So, if you can afford to spend $549 for a headphone, the Airpods Max will definitely offer the ‘best’ in terms of audio quality and comfort. But, for much cheaper you can get Sony’s WH-1000XM4 which is still an amazing pick (or the better pick if you’re using an Android).

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Apple Rumoured to Embrace RCS in 2024 – Find Out the Latest Updates!

Do you use WhatsApp or Telegram? Or are you an iMessage user?

Finding common ground to create a group chat can be a tricky task. For most iPhone users, the go-to messaging platform is usually iMessages. Although Apple has created this ease for texting between iPhone users, iMessage is unavailable across platforms. This has created the difficulty in reaching to your friends who use Google or Android phones. Now, you’re either left resorting to SMS, or other messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, Telegram or Messenger. But what if there was one single solution for it all – the RCS (Rich Communication Services)

What is RCS?

Although this might be the first time many of us heard the phrase RCS, this messaging channel is not new. RCS or Rich Communication Services was first conceived years ago, but it’s finally gaining popularity. RCS messaging is the upgrade that users need to get the same features available on iMessage. Unlike the iMessage system, RCS creates the perfect single-platform messaging App.

With the new RCS update, users can explore a variety of messaging features. Everything from sending and receiving large files such as high-resolution pictures and videos, read receipts, reactions, and typing indicators are all available!

But why are we hearing about this just now? Well, Google decided to add RCS to its default messaging Apps. With this new update, RCS became a popular hit, with Google reporting 650 million users monthly. Google data additionally shows that people are 35x more likely to read RCS messages than emails, while also using RCS messages to engage with brands. Here is how you can turn on RCS messaging as well!

Gone are the days of struggling to create a group chat with a combination of Android and Apple users. This addition has created the perfect single-platform messaging App, the days of struggling to text between users of different branded phones are a thing of the past. Although Google has taken the bold step to embrace RCS messaging, allowing users to enjoy the exceptional features, what’s the update on Apple?

Will Apple Embrace the RCS Messaging Platform?

There have been rumours that Apple is ready to embrace the RCS messaging platform in 2024. According to 9to5mac, the RCS feature is set to launch via a software update later this year. This would completely remove the barrier of iMessage features between Android and iPhone users.

Later next year, we will be adding the support for RCS Universal Profile, the standards as currently published by the GSM Association. We believe RCS Universal Profile will offer a better interoperability experience when compared to SMS or MMS. This will work alongside iMessage, which will continue to be the best and most secure messaging experience for Apple users, says an Apple Spokesperson talking to 9to5mac in November 2023.

Does this mean Apple is replacing iMessage? Of course not. Apple continues to reiterate that iMessage is the safest messaging platform for Apple users. RCS, if available on Apple later this year, will be adopted separately from iMessage. This will open up new horizons for communications and group chats in 2024!

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