Ian Carlos Campbell

Ian Carlos Campbell was an Associate Editor at Inverse, working with the Gear team. He writes on VR, AR, and mobile technology, including reviews for flagship smartphones like Google’s Pixel 7 Pro and cutting-edge VR headsets like Meta’s Quest Pro.

Previously, Ian was an Associate Editor at Input writing reviews and editing guides, and before that, he was embedded with The Verge’s news team as part of the inaugural class of Vox Media’s fellowship program. Ian received a BA in Screenwriting from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

His other passions include: obsessively keeping up with the latest film and TV releases, playing and thinking critically about video games, and spending an unfortunate amount of time on Twitter.

PS VR2 isn’t backwards compatible with older VR games

Sony will not let PS VR games play on the PS VR2, despite it seeming more than capable of running them.


TikTok isn’t above cloning BeReal

TikTok Now, the new feature (and standalone app) is basically BeReal by another name.


Everyone's using Discord wrong. Forum Channels could help fix things.

Discord's new Forum Channels feature offers a way to create dedicated spaces for conversations that won't get lost in the mix.


A new Adobe report confirms no one likes the poop emoji

Adobe's "Future of Creativity" study has insights on the most used, hated, and misunderstood emoji of 2022.

Good Riddance

Bang & Olufson's new soundbar is a perfect fit for your supervillain lair

The Bang & Olufson Beosound Theatre is a motorized, modular TV stand and soundbar that costs almost $8,000.

I've Been Expecting You

The Apple Watch Ultra is a major step toward replacing your iPhone

Apple imagined the first Apple Watch as more of an iPhone replacement. The Apple Watch Ultra is pushing the company back to that original vision.

Return to Form

Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro trades the notch for animated 'dynamic island'

Apple is adding new sizes to the entry-level iPhone 14 while keeping most of the new features — including a pill-shaped notch — for the iPhone 14 Pro.

The New Flagship

The new Apple Watch SE can finally replace your Series 3

Apple’s second-generation Apple Watch SE has new internals for the a more affordable $249 price.

Affordable Champ

Google's Pixel 7 launch is set for October 6

Google is gearing up to show off the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and the Pixel Watch.


Meta's next Connect conference is on October 11

The company is expected to provide updates on its VR plans and unveil the "Meta Quest Pro."


Lenovo’s “smart” glasses aren't really that smart, but they may be useful

Lenovo’s T1 Glasses are an increasingly common baby step towards true AR: a pair of smart glasses that act as an external display for your phone or laptop.


Lenovo's new ThinkPad X1 Fold may finally legitimize foldable PCs

The new ThinkPad X1 Fold comes with 12th Gen Intel chips, a foldable OLED screen, and several different ways to use it.


JBL's new wireless earbuds case acts like a modern-day pager

Will it be useful? It's hard to say, but JBL's Tour Pro 2 certainly let you adjust your earbuds' settings in a way no other gadget offers.

Return of the Pager

Freewrite's new smart typewriter is a spiritual AlphaSmart successor

The Freewrite Alpha is cheaper and smaller than the company's previous E ink typewriters, and it's headed to Indiegogo.


Valve confirms we’re going to see a lot more Steam Deck in the future

In a booklet introducing the Steam Deck to Asia, Valve commits to its handheld and Steam OS and drops hints about future VR plans, too.


Twitter can play podcasts now, too

Twitter is testing a redesign of its Spaces tab that puts recorded audio conversations and professional podcast side by side.

Making Space

HP's Dragonfly G3 Folio embraces the easel

HP's Dragonfly business laptop line is getting a taste of the odd convertible laptop form factor previously used by Acer and Microsoft.

Tilt Back

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 is new and (slightly) improved

The Galaxy Watch 5 makes up for a missing physical bezel with a new body temperature sensor and a larger battery.


Apple’s expected iPhone 14 event is officially set for September 7

Apple will likely introduce the iPhone 14, new Apple Watches, and the final version of iOS 16.

iPhone Season

You may actually be able to find a PS5 by the time Sony’s PS VR2 launches

Sony officially set a launch window for its VR headset as "early 2023," avoiding the intro of Meta’s new headset and landing right in the expected timeframe of Apple’s first mixed-reality product.