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BeatsX earphones with Apple W1 available Friday

BeatsX 2017

The highly anticipated BeatsX earphones will officially launch on Friday, February 10. First announced in September, BeatsX feature Apple's wireless W1 chip. After several delays, Beats By Dre revealed the release date for the $150 accessory. The tweet didn't explain whether BeatsX would debut in additional countries at the end of this week.

How to preset volume levels for individual iPhone apps

VolumePanel iOS tweak

Setting the volume on iPhone is easy enough, especially with Control Center and physical buttons on the side. The only drawback to this simplicity is that volumes for different things are changed automatically. For example, playback volume can be adjusted when media is playing. Now the jailbreak tweak VolumePanel brings complete control to volume settings for multiple apps.

Lightning to 3.5mm audio adapters are coming soon

Lightning to 3.5mm audio adapter

Reports continue to surface indicating that Apple will ditch the 3.5mm audio jack on the next generation iPhone. This move would leave the iPhone 7 with just a Lightning port, and the device would ship with Lightning-compatible headphones in the box. Apple is also said to be developing wireless Bluetooth EarPods that will be available separately. Now Mac Otakara reveals several Lightning to 3.5mm audio adapters that are set to hit the market.

Get more control over iOS volume with SwitchHUD

Video playing SwitchHUD iOS tweak

Volume buttons on the side of the iPhone have always made it easy to adjust volume from anywhere. At times, the process can be confusing as there are separate volume settings for the media player and ringer. For example, pressing a volume button while the Music app is open will adjust media volume, but the ringer loudness will not change. The jailbreak tweak SwitchHUD brings a new way to control each volume setting at any time.

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