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Here’s how you’ll know when you’re on Verizon’s fast or slow 5G on an iPhone 12

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Verizon’s new ad for the iPhone 12 is introducing another 5G logo, but this one — unlike AT&T’s 5G E one — actually means something. Now, if you’re an iPhone 12 owner and in one of the small but growing areas of Verizon’s network that supports its mmWave variety of 5G, you’ll see a new “5G UW” logo.

The UW stands for ultra-wideband, the type of radio technology that allows Verizon to deliver connectivity at the higher-frequency mmWave spectrum. That variety of 5G will be, in theory, much faster than your standard low-band 5G, but it’s only in select cities and only in areas of those markets where Verizon can deliver consistent, undisrupted signal.

The new iOS-specific logo, which is similar to the Android platform’s “5G UWB” logo, was revealed in an ad featuring Chris Rock and touting Verizon as a dedicated partner of Apple in the iPhone maker’s rollout of its first 5G-capable smartphones. If you’re just on the standard 5G network Verizon now offers, you’ll just see a “5G” logo, the ad confirms.

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg made an appearance during the iPhone 12 virtual reveal event yesterday, and the company also used the Apple launch to promote its big expansion of 5G coverage throughout the US. Verizon’s rollout helps it stay competitive with AT&T and T-Mobile, both of which have rolled out various tiers of 5G while Verizon only offered its limited (but speedy) mmWave coverage.

Now, Verizon customers can access low-band 5G, which is slower but easier to deliver, thanks to Verizon’s use of “dynamic spectrum sharing” (DSS) technology that lets the company use parts of its existing LTE network to deliver slightly speedier low-band 5G coverage.

Here’s a handy breakdown of DSS 5G and how it’ll compare to mmWave from The Verge’s Chaim Gartenberg:

The upside of DSS is that it allows for Verizon to quickly expand its low-band 5G offerings. That gives it the same nationwide 5G footprint as AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s low-band networks without requiring that Verizon buy the spectrum and build out an entirely new network or cut down on its LTE offerings to allocate that space for 5G.

The new DSS-based Verizon 5G will be held back by the same limitations as its low-band competitors in exchange for that boosted range. Namely, due to the nature of the spectrum, speeds will be slower than the ultra-fast mmWave 5G that Verizon has been currently offering — although they should still offer an improvement over existing LTE speeds.

The reason Verizon has two logos is because it wants customers to know when they might be tapping into that much faster but geographically limited mmWave style of 5G. The iPhone 12 has both standard and mmWave, thanks to its new antenna, as evidenced by the US-exclusive antenna window on Apple’s new smartphones. But most consumers throughout the US will be accessing low-band 5G when they do eventually buy a compatible phone, so Verizon thinks it needs a distinct logo to differentiate the two.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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