Happy Hour Podcast 106 | BeatsX launch, Android Wear 2.0 versus Apple Watch, and $1000 iPhone 8 rumors

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the delayed launch of BeatsX, Apple’s AirPods alternative, Android Wear 2.0 and how the new smartwatches compare to Apple Watch, iPhone 8 rumors including a premium price tag and wireless charging, and Apple Campus 2 details. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Here’s what we discussed in this episode:

  • BeatsX earphones sporadically appearing in stock for pickup at Apple Stores ahead of launch, still unavailable to purchase
  • Apple spaceship campus interior details: polished concrete ceilings, iPhone-like elevator buttons, flat doorways
  • BeatsX earphones go on sale February 10 at US Apple retail stores and online, two new colors announced
  • Report: Apple Watch’s record quarter generated near 80% of total smartwatch revenue in Q4 w/ estimated 6M units
  • Tim Cook receives honorary degree from University of Glasgow, denounces Trump immigration order
  • Report: iPhone 8 to feature Lumentum-sourced 3D sensor, launch above $1,000 this fall despite early production rumors
  • Tim Cook talks legacy of Steve Jobs, Apple Pencil, and immigration at University of Glasgow [Video]
  • KGI predicts wireless charging for all three new iPhones, iPhone 8 requires higher cost 3D Touch sensor
  • What’s next for Apple Watch? How sleep tracking, cellular, and an always-on display could be major improvements
  • BeatsX bundling promo code for 3 months of Apple Music following delayed launch
  • Following shielding defect, Apple pushes shipping of LG’s UltraFine 5K display to 5-6 weeks
  • Roundup: Early BeatsX reviews note improved isolation compared to AirPods, bass-heavy sound
  • BeatsX, Apple’s AirPods alternative, now available to purchase after extended delay
  • LG Watch Style & Watch Sport review roundup: evolutionary software, standard hardware
  • Google announces LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport, the first Android Wear 2.0 watches 
  • Android Wear 2.0 rolling out ‘over the coming weeks,’ these are the watches that will get it

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