Apple is without competition in watches, reopens its stores, and there is a mystery about Mini-LED screens. It will soon return employees to the company, Twitter will leave them at home forever, and other news on the sidelines ...

News on the margin 1-7 May

When will employees return to work from companies?

With the global trend now to reopen the global economy, talk began to circulate in Silicon Valley about when the employees will return, and there were 3 directions, which are:

◉ Apple: A Bloomberg report revealed that Apple has started addressing employees to prepare to return soon to work for the company.

◉ Google and Facebook have talked that the return of employees to the company's headquarters may be delayed until the end of this year or the beginning of 2021.

Twitter had a different opinion, as it revealed that it may allow a large proportion of employees to work forever from their homes after the success of their remote work experience.

Amazon launches a new version of Fire 8-inch

Amazon has updated some of its Kindle Fire HD devices, which are among the best-selling tablets in America after the iPad. Devices come with a primary focus of system updates, as they come with support for Amazon, Spotify, Netflix, Disney and Zoom. There are three versions of the tablet, and they are:

◉ 8-inch version with 1280 * 800 screen, 30% faster processor than the previous version, 32/64 GB storage capacity, 2 GB memory and 12 hours of battery life. Devices come with a USB C port. Devices come at $ 90.

8HD + version, which is an improved version of the previous one, where the memory has been increased to 3 GB and wireless charging support. Its price starts at $ 110

◉ The children's version, which is similar to the first version, and comes with family benefits such as FreeTime, in addition to the famous Amazon damage insurance. The device starts at $ 140.

Apple and the Mystery of the Fate of Mini-LED Screens

Mini-LED screens are the future of Apple devices' screens, according to many rumors, and it even came to talk that the next iPad Pro directly will be Mini-LED and that it is coming at the end of this year. This week, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple is facing a slowdown in the stages of manufacturing screens, which may delay production that will start from the third quarter of this year, which will make it postpone the launch of the iPad Mini-LED from the end of this year to the beginning of 2021 and the same thing with the MacBook computer The 14-inch Pro which was expected in the last quarter of 2020.

In another context, a report by the Chinese newspaper UDN stated that Apple had secretly invested 10 billion yuan ($ 335 million) in a factory specializing in the manufacture of Mini-LED screens and Micro-LED. The factory is located in Taiwan, and this is the first time that we see a Taiwanese factory manufacturing screens for Apple. Previously, Korean factories were “Samsung and LG” or Japan “Japan screens”. With this investment, Apple hopes to help companies overcome the current production crises.

The iFixit team dismantles the iPad Magic Key keyboard

This week, the new iPad Pro Magic keyboard was available, allowing specialists to look at it internally, and at the beginning the device was photographed by x-ray or x-ray; There is nothing to describe the picture is of the device's appearance from the inside and the various connections.

Then it was time for a more detailed look as the team disassembled the keyboard and looked at it in detail. The team discovered one thing that the TrackPad was the only thing that could be removed from the pad without damaging it; Otherwise they are parts that are stuck together and if dismantled they will be completely damaged.

Apple begins to open its stores in America, Germany and others

Apple has decided that it will gradually start opening its stores around the world; In the United States, Apple is starting to selectively open some stores in Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama and Alaska, according to an Apple spokesperson. Apple said that there is a specialized team that studies all the local data surrounding all branches of the company and when making sure that the branch is safe to reopen, this will be done. It is reported that Apple has 271 stores in America.

◉ In a similar context, Apple reopened all of its 15 stores in Germany, starting last Monday, from 11 am to 7 pm. It is reported that Apple has also opened its stores in Australia.

◉ Apple announced the start of the opening of some of its stores in Italy, especially the city of Venice, as of Tuesday, May 19.

◉ Apple has reopened its four stores in Switzerland, starting yesterday.

Apple has begun to address branch employees in Korea to prepare to open stores as soon as the Korean government approves. It is reported that Apple currently has one branch open in the capital, Seoul, and the rest of the branches are closed.

Apple is without competition in the field of smart watches

Strategy Analytics has revealed its estimated smartwatch sales statistics for the first quarter of this year. The center said that there was a growth of 20.2% in sales, reaching 13.7 million hours, Apple gained a 55.5% market share, as its sales increased by 22.6% and sold 7.6 million hours, while Samsung came in second place with a share of 13.9%, then Garmin with a share of 8.0%. It is worth noting that the statistic is for smart watches, not wearables, and this is the secret of the absence of Xiaomi, the owner of the famous product, the Mi Band.

Miscellaneous news

◉ Apple donated $ 10 million to COPAN Diagnostics to contribute to the development of anti-corona research and the purchase of measuring devices.

◉ Samsung announced that it will unveil an innovative “Innovative Debit Card” this summer; Samsung has not announced any details, but it appears that the Samsung Pay service will get an important update soon.

◉ The iPhone 11 selfie camera got a 91-point rating, so you couldn't enter the list of the top 10 phones in selfie photography.

◉ Apple announced the opening of 20 of its 21 stores in Australia, starting today, Thursday.

The FBI has ordered Apple to hand over data from the cloud account of Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, with whom he is currently investigating.

◉ A report by the Omdia Center indicated that the number of devices equipped with a fingerprint in the screen increased 8 times during the year 2019. It is reported that there are rumors that Apple may return the fingerprint again in the screen in addition to the FaceID feature.

◉ Google said that there is an update soon for Chrome that will enable you to group open tabs into special folders.

◉ Reports have revealed that Apple is considering providing an "audio" version of its News + service.

◉ Apple has asked AirPods suppliers to expand product lines; This request comes despite reports that Foxconn is facing obstacles in assembling the required quantities of the headset.

◉ Apple has updated its Apple Store app to support dark mode.

◉ Apple has transferred some products to discarded "Vintage", namely the iPod 5 and MacBook Air size 11 and 13 inches in 2013 and 2014 versions, as well as the 13-inch MacBook Pro, mid-2014 version.

◉ Instagram has updated its app to support handling a large number of comments, as well as better control over tags, mentions, and more.

◉ Watch a video of a comparison between the 13-inch MacBook Pro, Air, and iPad Pro 2020:

◉ It has been reported that reopened Apple stores in Germany are using temperature measurement technologies that may violate Germany's safety and privacy rules.

◉ Apple has updated the AirPods 2 headset operating system or what is known as Firmware to version 2D15; Apple did not mention what is new in this version.

◉ Rumors indicated that the upcoming XNUMX o'clock system would include a "mental state detection" feature, as it would monitor panic states.

◉ Apple has started selling HomePod in the Indian market.

◉ Reports indicated that the iPhone 12 will come with support for 120Hz screens, similar to the iPad Pro, as well as starting from 128 GB of storage capacity.

◉ Apple has posted numerous programming job applications with a request for experience in cloud software.

◉ It has been reported that Apple will use iPhones to broadcast the upcoming WWDC conference.

This is not all the news on the sidelines, but we came to you with the most important of them, and it is not necessary for a non-specialist to occupy himself with all the wandering and incoming, there are more important things you do in your life, so do not make devices distract you or distract you from your life and your duties, and know that technology is there to make life easier And she helps you, and if she robbed you of your life and preoccupied you, then there is no need for her


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