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AirPods Max, MagSafe Duo review, and Facebook lawsuits on the AppleInsider podcast

AirPods Max

Apple launches over-the-ear AirPods Max headphones, MagSafe Duo review, Fitness+ launches December 14, and the FTC files suit against Facebook seeking to break up Instagram and WhatsApp.

After living with the M1 MacBook Pro for several weeks, we've run into issues with audio recording and app compatibility. While battery life and speed is still impressive, here's exactly what issues early adopters will have to work around while developers work to update their apps for Apple Silicon.

Just in time for the holidays, barely, Apple has launched their over-the-ear headphones named AirPods Max. These new high-end AirPods cost $549, and do include features like spatial audio and Dolby Atmos, but there are issues over what they lack. Such as a U1 chip, and the ability to switch them off without returning them to their case.

The AppleInsider review of the MagSafe Duo Charger is out, and we partnered with a testing lab in the metro Washington DC area to test the hinge mechanism. The charger is meant to be your travelling companion, but it's worrying just how few times we had to open and close it before there were problems.

Apple's new MagSafe Duo Charger
Apple's new MagSafe Duo Charger

Also about to make it out in time for the holidays is Fitness+, launching December 14. In anticipation, Apple has introduced several exercise products to the Apple Store, too. Users will be able to choose from a variety of workouts and see their heart rate, Activity rings, and more information on-screen as they work out.

Speaking of exercise, Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance on the Outside podcast discussing AR, Health, and Apple Park. He shared his routine for relaxation after their quarterly earnings call, and just how many laps of Apple Park you need to do for a good workout.

Lastly, Facebook is facing two antitrust lawsuits from the FTC and 46 states claiming that "millions of consumers and many small businesses that have been harmed by Facebook's illegal behavior." Both lawsuits focus on the acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp with legislators seeking to break these companies from Facebook's control.

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