Redesign of the Apple Store, accusations of infringing a patent on the watch, Facebook wants to use WhatsApp for targeted ads, a new technology from Apple to hide the notch, lower prices for the App Store, OPPO offers a phone with an under-screen camera, and other exciting news on the sidelines…
Tim Cook becomes the eighth highest-paid CEO in the United States
Tim Cook slipped to the eighth place in the list of the highest-paid CEOs in the United States last year despite making more profits than the previous year, as Cook earned $265 million in 2020, consisting mainly of stock grants and bonuses as in previous years. , making him the eighth highest paid CEO in the United States. Last year, Cook received compensation of $133.7 million, but was second only to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who received $595.3 million.
Apple is still largely absent from the US smart speaker market
Apple is still largely absent from the US smart speaker market while Amazon and Google continue to dominate it. Since 2017, Amazon has been the dominant company in this market with more than two-thirds, and Google owns about a quarter of the smart speaker share, while Apple owns And Facebook the remaining small stake.
Although more than 25 million units were sold last year, reaching a total of 126 million units, Apple still failed to achieve success in this matter. This is due to the high price of Apple's HomePod headset compared to its lower-priced competitors.
Last year, Apple discontinued the original HomePod and introduced the HomePod Mini for just $99. Which led to little change in Apple's market share in 2020 and 2021.
Oppo reveals the third attempt at the front camera technology under the screen
Next year, Apple is expected to drop the notch and adopt a perforated design for the TrueDepth front camera. Meanwhile, Oppo continues to announce new and improved attempts at under-screen camera technology.
Oppo unveiled its first trial of under-screen camera technology in June 2019, and this is its third greatly improved attempt. The new version allows placing a selfie camera under the screen without compromising the quality of the screen.
In the past, Oppo has improved the quality of the camera at the expense of the screen, by reducing the pixel density in the area of the screen covering the camera to let in more light.
This time, a different path was taken, by reducing the size of each pixel without reducing the number of pixels to ensure a high-quality display of 400 pixels per inch even in the camera area. It also replaced the traditional screen wires with a transparent material.
Zoom Pays Users $85 Million Over Misleading Encryption Claims
As part of the class action settlement, Zoom says it will pay users $85 million for misleading them about offering end-to-end encryption on its video conferencing service, as the company has been accused of lying about its encryption description on its site, as well as selling users' data to Facebook and Google. without prior permission.
The proposed settlement would give Zoom users about $15 or $25 each, depending on whether they had a free or paid subscription between March 30, 2016 and July 30, 2021.
In addition to payments, Zoom has agreed to more than a dozen major changes to its practices, designed to improve meeting security, strengthen privacy disclosures, and protect consumer data, according to the settlement. A hearing on the plaintiffs' request for preliminary approval for the settlement is scheduled for October 21, 2021.
Apple cuts App Store prices in the UK, South Africa and many European countries
Apple has told developers that it is updating App Store pricing in some countries due to taxes and changes in foreign exchange rates.
Over the next few days, the in-app purchase price is set to drop in South Africa, the UK and all regions that use the euro currency. The prices for auto-renewing subscriptions will not change.
Apple is raising prices in Georgia and Tajikistan due to the new 18 percent value-added tax, and there will be an increase in revenue collected by developers in Italy due to the change in the effective rate of the digital services tax.
Apple says that once the changes take effect, the pricing and availability section of My Apps will be updated for developers. Developers can change the price of apps and in-app purchases in App Store Connect at any time.
Apple is looking for ways to hide the notch on the iPhone
Apple is looking at ways to hide the notch on the iPhone's screen, according to a newly awarded patent titled "Electronic Devices with Adjustable Screens" that explains how the device's screen can move to show and hide the front camera and other optical components.
The patent says that when the front camera and sensors are not in use, the screen will move over this area to hide the sensors underneath.
Facebook is looking for ways to use encrypted WhatsApp messages for targeted ads
A report indicated that Facebook is looking for ways to analyze encrypted data, such as WhatsApp messages, without actually decrypting the information. Development; The search may enable Facebook to use users' encrypted WhatsApp messages and then use this information for targeted advertising.
This specific area of research is called “symmetric cryptography,” which it is hoped will allow companies to read information from encrypted data sets while also maintaining privacy to protect against cybersecurity threats. Facebook has announced several related job roles on its website, indicating that it wants to work on privacy-preserving technologies while expanding the efficiency of its advertising systems.
Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is available for purchase separately
Apple made the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, which was previously only available with the purchase of the new 24-inch iMac, and is now available to buy individually for $149.
It also retails the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and numeric keypad for $179. The standard Magic Keyboard without Touch ID is available for $99, and a new Magic Trackpad for $129.
One of the main points to be aware of is that Apple says that the Touch ID Magic Keyboard is only supported on Apple silicon Macs running macOS 11.4 or later. And with Touch ID built into the keyboard, M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini users can now easily use Touch ID with an external keyboard.
Omni MedSci accuses Apple of infringing its patents
Apple is facing a patent infringement lawsuit over the heart rate technology in the Apple Watch. In 2018, Michigan-based infrared laser company Omni MedSci owned by Muhammad Islam filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that Apple used its patented technology in the Apple Watch. It is reported that Apple met with Omni MedSci between 2014 and 2016 to discuss a potential partnership, and Apple ended discussions and used the technology consisting of four Omni patents.
Muhammad Islam owns six companies and has collected more than 150 patents. Previously, he sued companies such as Fujitsu, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Nokia and Siemens for infringing his company's patents.
Apple redesigns its online store
After a short hiatus, the Apple Store is back again and now features a completely new design. Apple has restored the old "Store" tab in the navigation bar. The new store's web page looks very similar to the Apple Store app on the iPad and iPhone.
◉ Apple has begun highlighting exclusive offers available to Apple Card holders, with offers being offered directly in the Wallet app, usually in the form of additional cashback from select merchants or discounted prices on digital goods.
◉ Apple has released an update for AirPods Pro , adding support for Conversation Boost, a feature that was missing from the first beta version, and one of the iOS 15 features on filtering and boosting audio, ideal for those with mild to moderate hearing difficulties.
◉ It appears that Chinese smartphone maker Vivo is preparing to introduce the 'VivoCard' as a competitor to the Apple Card, following similar moves by Apple's competitors such as Google, Samsung, Huawei and Oppo.
◉ Google has announced new updates coming to the Google Maps app for iOS. The most notable new feature is the dark mode, which app users have always wanted.
◉ After the release of iOS 14.7.1 last week, Apple has stopped downgrading to iOS 14.7.
◉ The Sign in with Apple feature is now widely available on Twitter for iPhone and iPad users, after a beta test earlier this month.
◉ The upcoming Steve Jobs and Apple auction in Boston in August will see the sale of many classic Macs and other Apple devices, including the rare Apple-1 computer, the Apple II manual signed by Steve Jobs and more.
◉ Google has previewed the next generation of Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones, which is due to be launched later this year, with a redesign that includes a rear camera bar and many other new technologies.
◉ YouTube is experimenting with a new, cheaper subscription tier in Europe called Premium Lite, which offers ad-free viewing except for other YouTube Premium features. Which means that users who are not interested in offline or background downloads can enjoy YouTube videos without ads.
◉ It appears that an Intel executive has inadvertently leaked details of Thunderbolt 5, a next-generation hardware interface protocol that has yet to be officially announced by Intel. The details surfaced last Sunday in a photo on Twitter, which has since been deleted, by Gregory Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Consumer Computing Group, who was documenting his visit to Intel's research and development labs in the occupied territories.