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Apple AirPods 3 Leaked Images Hint at Similar Design to AirPods Pro: What We Know



Apple AirPods Pro. (Image Credit: 52Audio)

Apple AirPods Pro. (Image Credit: 52Audio)

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had earlier said that the mass production for AirPods 3 will begin in the first half of 2021.

  • Last Updated: February 22, 2021, 10:22 IST

It was earlier reported that the next generation of Apple’s AirPods will come with a similar design to the AirPods Pro with a smaller stem and silicone eartips. Now, leaked live images of the AirPods 3 (unconfirmed name) show that the next gen AirPods will indeed carry a similar design to the AirPods Pro with a smaller stem. The images have been leaked in a Chinese website, which had earlier shared an x-ray image claiming to be of the AirPods 3, but turned out to be fake and simply a compressed x-ray image of the current AirPods Pro.

While the images show the AirPods 3 with a design clearly inspired with the AirPods Pro, there are no Silicon eartips in sight. The charging case also takes a similar shape as the one on Apple AirPods Pro. The report, published in Chinese website 52Audio, says that the AirPods 3 will feature the same Force Sensors as the AirPods Pro. It also says that the next generation AirPods will come with a pressure-relieving system similar to AirPods Pro. The system is meant to equalize pressure within your ear to remove discomfort from using the AirPods for a long period of time.

The third-gen AirPods are also reported to be borrowing touch controls from the AirPods Pro. According to the 52Audio report, each new earbud will have touch controls surfaces, instead of the double-tap controls on the AirPods.

The new AirPods, while carrying a design similar to the AirPods Pro, are expected to lack other ‘Pro’ features like Active Noise cancellation, transparency mode, and Spatial Audio. The report in 52Audio also says that the AirPods 3 will be launched at a price of around $150 (roughly Rs 10,900).

Earlier, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had said that the mass production for AirPods 3 will begin in the first half of 2021. A recent Bloomberg report had further said that Apple will not hold an event in March, refuting earlier claims of the company announcing new products next month.

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Govt Launches New Classification Ratings, Grievance Redressal Framework For OTT Platforms in India



The government of India has set a new “classification rating” to describe content and advise discretion for viewers of films and other entertainment sources including TV shows that are streamed on OTT platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ Hotstar, and more. According to the new Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, the Adult category will be suitable only for 18 year old’s and above. This comes during a time when OTT platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime have faced criticisms and complaints in India for allegedly showing “obscene content.”

The new rules, according to the government, establish a soft touch progressive institutional mechanism with a level playing field that features a Code of Ethics and a three-tier grievance redressal framework for news publishers and OTT platforms on digital mefia. The OTT platforms are supposed to self-classify the content into five categories – U (universal), U/A 7+, U/A 13+, U/A 16+, and A (adult). Platforms would also be required to implement parental locks for content classified as U/A 13+ or higher, and reliable age verification mechanisms for content classified as ‘A’. Publishers of news on digital media would be required to implement Norms of Journalistic Conduct of the Press Council of India and the Programme Code under the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, thereby providing a level playing field between the offline (Print/ TV) and digital media.

There is also a three-level grievance redressal mechanism that has been established under the rules with two levels of self regulation. Level 1 being the publisher themselves, and level 2 being the Self Regulatory Body, and level 3 being the OVersight Mechanism that falls under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The rules provide an effective grievance redressal mechanism for receiving, processing, and time-bound disposal of public grievances related to the Code of Ethics. The self regulatory body would be headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court of India or of a High Court, or by a person of eminence from the relevant field, and can issue advisories to the publisher.

The mechanism is based on the principles of minimum Government intervention; however platforms should develop a robust grievance redressal mechanism on their own.

According to the government, the institutional mechanism would encourage growth in the Champion Audio-Visual Services Sector, empower citizens to make informed choices about content, and get their grievances redressed in definite time frames, and protect children. it will also help fight fake news on digital media through a mechanism of accountability of the publishers.

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