No, Apple did not announce any new hardware this week. But it confirmed that WWDC 2021, the annual developer conference, starts on June 7, which means we will definitely see some new stuff (mostly software, but maybe some hardware?) Then. In other news, Google announced that they will not be exhibiting at the world’s largest phone show; Adobe launched a $ 15 package for illustrators; and Spotify launched some new features to discover new music.
When it comes to new gadgets, there were also a number that were announced this week. It was Bang & Olufsen’s new gaming headset, Casio’s first G-Shock that ran Google̵
HyperJuice magnetic wireless battery pack
This is a 5000mAh laptop battery that is magnetically clipped on the back of the iPhone 12. It charges via USB-C, but it does not support the super fast 15 watt wireless charging that MagSafe promises; it tops out with 7.5 watts of wireless charging speeds.
Price: $ 40
Naim Audio Mu-so 2 Wood Edition
Naim Audio released the Mu-so 2, the second-generation model of its all-in-one wireless speaker, back in 2019. Compared to the original Mu-so, it has six new individually enhanced drivers, a new processor with 10 times the power, the ability to stream tracks up to 32bit / 384kHz. It supports AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Tidal, Spotify Connect, Roon and Bluetooth, all topped with HDMI ARC and optical connections, so you can use it as a soundbar. Now Naim has released a special edition of Mu-so 2 that has three exteriors (instead of steel) and a golden hue. It costs $ 600 more than the standard Mu-so 2.
(Check out our original review of Mu-so 2, here.)
Price: $ 2290
Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold
Xiaomi announced its first foldable smartphone this week. Mi Mix Fold shares a similar look and feel to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold. It can be folded inwards and vertically so that you can use it like a traditional smartphone, or you can fold it out and use it as a tablet. In addition, it has a number of specifications you expect in a premium smartphone, such as a snappy processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 888), a fancy camera system, a beautiful OLED screen and support for wireless charging. The catch? It is only available in China right now.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Portal
Beosound Portal is a luxury gaming headset (B & O’s first) designed to work perfectly with all Xbox consoles (Xbox Series X / S and Xbox One) thanks to the Xbox Wireless protocol. There is no boom microphone, which means that Beosound Portal, with its built-in Bluetooth 5.1 connection, can be paired with your smartphone or computer when you are not playing and used as wireless noise-canceling headphones.
Price: $ 499
Pioneer DJ World Series with active screens
Pioneer DJ announced a new series of active near-field speaker screens designed to mimic the sound of a studio or club, but in your own room. There are three different models: VM-50 ($ 169), VM-70 ($ 229) and VM-80 ($ 289). Each speaker will be embellished with a 4mm thick aluminum front plate, Class D amplifier, Aramid fiber cones and Vortex Bass Accelerator, all of which, according to the company, are designed to “reproduce sound accurately, including deep low-end frequencies while cuts out unwanted vibrations. “Each model will be available in early April.
Price: $ 169 +
Casio GSW-H1000 smartwatch
The Casio GSW-H1000 is the company’s first G-Shock smartwatch to run on Google’s Wear OS. (It is also the first G-Shock smartwatch with color screen.) As with Casio’s previous G-Shock smartwatches, the GSW-H1000 is super robust, with excellent shock and water resistance, and comes with all the necessary sensors (GPS, compass, heart rate, accelerometer, gyrometer and altitude sensor) as well as activity-specific tracking features you expect from a premium sports smartwatch. It will be available in mid-May.
Price: $ 699
Belkin magnetic telephone mount with face tracking
This is not a wireless charging stand. Belkin’s new phone mount is designed to work with the latest iPhones, as it uses MagSafe to hold it magnetically in place. What makes it super unique is that it uses face tracking (via Belkin’s companion app) and a 360-degree rotating base so your iPhone’s camera can follow you as you walk around your room; it feels like what Amazon’s new Echo Show 10 can do with its own rotating base. It seems like the ideal little gadget for people who make videos on TikTok or YouTube, but it will not work with certain video calls, such as FaceTime or Zoom.
Price: $ 65
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