Apple has admitted that there are problems with the Apple Watch 8 and Apple Watch Ultra mic, and promises an update soon to solve the problem, 4K viewing on YouTube will be with a subscription, delaying the launch of iPhone 14 Plus, a problem with the new AirPods Pro 2 headset, and Elon Musk resumes the acquisition of Twitter, New leaks of the Google Pixel watch, and other exciting news on the sidelines...

News on the sidelines Week Mar 5 - Mar 11

Microphone problem in the new Apple Watch

Apple has acknowledged that some Apple Watch 8 and Apple Watch Ultra users may experience microphone issues, including when trying to use Siri and make a phone call, and is aware of the bug, and says restarting the watch may temporarily fix the problem and indicates that the issue isn't hardware related. And that an update to fix the problem will be released soon.

Tim Sweeney Criticizes Apple Over App Store Price Increases

Apple has begun implementing price increases for the App Store in all regions and countries that use the euro, and the rise is attributed to the weakening of the euro against the US dollar. Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, which is in court battles against Apple, talked about the pricing update and said Apple had no justification for it, likening Apple to a landlord who has tenants who have nowhere else to go as there is no alternative to the App Store. developers to use it, and the developers have no choice but to comply with this sole monopolist in his view.

Apple first announced the price increases last month, giving developers about three weeks' notice. App Store pricing operates on a tiered basis, and what Apple does is raise the cost of all pre-set tiers. For example, the minimum level jumped from 0.99 euros to 1.19 euros, while the maximum increased from 999 euros to 1199 euros. Full pricing levels are mentioned by Apple on Location.

There are still many issues with iPadOS 16 version

Apple is preparing to release the iPadOS 16 update to the public this month, however users are still facing many issues with the new Stage Manager feature in the latest beta version launched earlier this week, and developer Steve Troughton-Smith and Federico Viticci, editor-in-chief of MacStories explained several Among the user interface issues they still encountered from time to time while using Stage Manager, including the dock bar that disappears when rotating the iPad screen, and keyboard issues in some apps.

Google watch leaks before the official reveal

New images of the Pixel watch were leaked earlier than expected, so we will learn more information about its first smartwatch during today's event, Thursday, October 6th.

Google initially showed a preview of the Pixel watch during the Google I/O conference this past summer. It is considered the first smart watch from Google, and it responded to the Apple Watch, which dominated the smart watch market. The Pixel watch runs on Wear OS and, as expected, includes health and fitness functionality and integration with Android and iPhone devices.

The design of the watch has been leaked beyond what Google mentioned, and the images reveal that the watch will charge similarly to the Apple Watch.

And unlike the Apple Watch, the Pixel Watch comes with a circular design and a screen with a bezel around the edges, which makes the actual screen area smaller than it might seem.

Apple agrees to raise prices for TSMC after rejecting it last week

After refusing to increase prices last week From the main chip supplier, TSMC, it appears it has agreed to a price increase due next year, due to a global shortage of chips. As of January 1, 2023, TSMC plans to raise the price of 8-inch chips by 6%, while to 12% chips are set to increase by 3 to 5%. The Economic Daily News previously reported that Apple would not accept a price increase, but now says the company has agreed to take on the cost.

Other processor and semiconductor manufacturers will take similar measures. Naturally, this will pay off on the increase in hardware prices.

Apple updates the design of the developer account page

Apple has fixed the developer account interface that developers access when they sign into the Apple website, providing a better look and access to more information in no time.

While the previous version of the website had a navigation sidebar, the updated site features a top navigation bar with access to program resources, email preferences, membership details, code-level support, agreements and events, and to learn more about the design you can visit Apple developer site.

Latest iOS 16.1 beta update removes adaptive transparency toggle for AirPods Pro

iOS 16.1 beta removes the faulty adaptive transparency toggle that was added to the original AirPods Pro and AirPods Max in the previous beta.

After last week's update, AirPods and AirPods Max users found an adaptive transparency option in their AirPods settings, and the feature is supposed to be for AirPods Pro and not for older models. It turns out that the setting that became visible was accidentally shown on devices that don't support the feature.

Elon Musk Follows Up on Twitter Acquisition

The famous billionaire, Elon Musk, sent a message to Twitter proposing to buy at the initial price of $ 44 billion he offered last April, which Twitter accepted. But Musk in May suspended the acquisition "temporarily" due to a dispute over the number of fake or spam accounts. Twitter said fake accounts represented less than 5% of users, but Musk was not convinced.

In July, Musk decided he no longer wanted to buy Twitter and attempted to cancel the purchase, claiming that Twitter had not complied with its contractual obligations and had not been provided with the commercial information it requested.

Twitter, in turn, filed a lawsuit to force Musk to move forward with the sale, accusing him of destroying the company, disrupting its operations and destroying shareholder value. Musk's decision to offer to continue buying comes before the trial, which was scheduled to begin on October 17. With Musk rejoining, the takeover is likely to take place, provided he doesn't change his mind.

Cydia is appealing in the Supreme Court against Apple

The well-known Cydia company has filed an appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers dismissed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple last month. The company has voluntarily requested that the case be dismissed in order to begin the appeal process in the Supreme Court.

Cydia filed a lawsuit against Apple in late 2020, alleging that the company had an illegal monopoly on iOS apps since the App Store is the only authorized marketplace where users can download apps on the iPhone and iPad. The complaint also alleged that Apple "continually attempted to weed out alternative app stores," including Cydia.

AirPods Pro 2 error tells users to replace battery soon

There is a bug that alerts some new AirPods Pro users to "replace their battery soon", even though it can't be replaced, and the bug appears to trigger battery replacement notifications from the Find My app on nearby devices when the AirPods Pro‌ or charging case's battery is low . To solve this problem, just recharge.

iPhone 14 Plus launch delay

The iPhone 14 Plus is supposed to be officially launched tomorrow, Friday, October 7, but Apple's website is showing shipping delays until next week for all models and configurations, between Tuesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 13, and the launch of the iPhone 14 Plus comes three weeks after the launch of the iPhone XNUMX Plus. Other models are available, and a full four weeks since pre-orders start.

Miscellaneous news

◉ Apple released the eighth public beta of the macOS 13 Ventura update, released the fourth beta of the watchOS 9.1 update to developers, and also released the public beta of the iOS 16.1 update and iPadOS 16.1.

◉ Wednesday marks the eleventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death at the age of 56, one day after Apple launched the iPhone 4S and Siri.

◉ Apple released an update for the MagSafe charger designed to work with iPhone 12 and later and AirPods Pro 2, version 10M1821. Note that in the Settings app, you'll see a different version number than the firmware number, with the update showing as version

◉ iOS 16.1 beta adds more clear gray borders around the dynamic island when using black wallpapers or in dark mode.

◉ An Italian administrative court has overturned a $170.4 million fine imposed on Apple and Amazon last year for alleged anti-competitive cooperation when selling Apple and Beats products.

◉ YouTube may make watching 4K videos exclusive to YouTube Premium subscribers only.

◉ As of October 1, the Apple SIM is no longer available to activate new cellular data plans on supported iPad models, according to a new Apple support document.

◉ Apple has shared a new ad designed to highlight the iPhone 14 Pro's camera features that include the 48MP main camera, motion mode when capturing video, cinematic mode for movie-like shots, and zoom options.

◉ The value of the iPhone 14 models fell by more than twice the value of the iPhone 13 in the same time frame last year, in the ten days after launch, the standard iPhone 14 models lost 38.4% of their value on average, more than twice the consumption It increased by 18.2% for iPhone 13 models in the same time frame last year.

The iPhone 14, with a capacity of 512 GB, is the worst performer, dropping by 40.3% within 10 days after launch. Last year, the 13GB iPhone 512 mini was the worst, losing 29.8% of its value 10 days after its launch, followed by the 13GB iPhone 512, which lost 27.2% of its value.

◉ The ability to downgrade to iOS 16 and iOS 16.0.1 updates has been discontinued from iOS 16.0.2 update.

◉ Watch the camera comparison between iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro Max:

◉ Microsoft has confirmed that it will end support for the SwiftKey keyboard for iPhone and the app will be removed from the App Store.

This is not all the news that is on the sidelines, but we have brought you the most important of them, and it is not necessary for the non-specialist to occupy himself with all the incoming and outgoing. And help you with it, and if it robbed you of your life and got busy with it, there is no need for it.


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