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Testing the emergency feature via satellite and its availability in four countries next month, required modifications to the permanent display feature on the screen, Elon Musk asking Twitter employees to work long hours or leave, Meta Facebook canceling the development of its smart watch, and resuming the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Epic Games And other exciting news on the sidelines...

News on the sidelines Week Mar 5 - Mar 11


Test the satellite communication feature in an emergency

Apple launched the feature officially last Tuesday, and the feature is limited only to the iPhone 14, and some YouTubers did a review of it.

Satellite Emergency is designed to allow users to contact emergency services when no cellular or Wi-Fi connection is available.

And Apple has a built-in demo feature for users to familiarize themselves with. Under Settings > Emergency SOS, there's a new "Try Demo" section.

For quick help, the service starts by asking a series of questions about your condition, such as if you've been lost, had an accident or been injured. This information, along with your medical information, if you have activated it, and location is sent to your local emergency services.

For more detailed information about the feature and how it works, follow this article – Link.


A modification to the always-on display feature in iOS 16.2

Apple has added a new feature to the Always On Display feature available for iPhone 14 models, so that you can now control whether to show or hide the background or notifications, by opening Settings, Screen and Brightness, then going to the Always On Display section, you will find that you can turn on or Disable the background display, and only the time and widget will be left.

This new setting makes the always-on display feature much simpler, not only extending battery life.


Pictures of the Apple Magic Surface Charger online

Images of an unreleased MagSafe charging accessory called the "Apple Magic Charger" have surfaced online over the past two weeks. Rare Apple collector TheBlueMister shared the first images of the accessory on Twitter earlier this month. It seems other aficionados from Asia have gotten their hands on versions of this accessory, and one of them said tell me how you take this thing apart.

The accessory features a white or gray “MagSafe” charger rubberized inside a circular anodized aluminum square that can be pushed out into a vertical position, and includes a rubber base to hold it in place, as well as a built-in USB-C charging cable. Other users shared additional photos of this charger, which has not yet been launched.


Apple employees are not satisfied with displaying more ads to iPhone users

A new report revealed internal disagreements within Apple, according to which some employees working in the field of Apple advertising raised concerns that displaying more ads to iPhone users destroys the distinguished experience that was provided to its customers for a long time.


Twitter is removing details about the device the tweet was sent from

Elon Musk plans to remove details about the device from which the tweet was sent, and Musk said in the tweet that Twitter will remove the line that says “Twitter for iPhone” or “Twitter for Android” because this is a “waste of screen space.” He said that "no one even knows" why the feature was introduced. It is worth noting that many users of Android devices were happy with this exciting news.


Meta cancels development of a smartwatch focused on health and messaging

Meta has canceled development of its health- and messaging-focused smartwatch, in an abrupt end to the company's plans to compete directly with the Apple Watch. Employees were reportedly told last Friday that work on the smartwatch project will stop as part of cost-cutting efforts that will include structural changes at the company.

Meta's smartwatch development team will now turn to developing augmented reality glasses, according to chief technology officer Andrew Bosworth, who runs the Meta Reality Labs division.

Rumors about the Meta smartwatch first hit the market in February 2021, with reports indicating that it has a detachable screen with two built-in cameras for taking photos and videos to share on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.


Apple releases the rapid security response update for the iOS 16.2 beta update

One of the new features in the iOS 16 update is the rapid security response, which allows Apple to release important security updates to users without having to update the entire system. For users using the iOS 16.2 beta, Apple released one of these updates "for testing purposes only and does not contain security content." As Apple said. The update is done through settings and only takes a couple of minutes, then a quick reboot and installation process.

After installing the update and tapping on the version in the About section of Settings, information about your installed iOS version and the quick security response update will be displayed, with the ability to remove the security update if desired.


iPhone 15 Pro models will support high-speed data transfers with the USB-C upgrade

While all i-Wave 15‌ models will feature USB-C ports rather than Lightning ports, the fastest transfer speeds will be limited to iPhone 15 Pro models with “at least” USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3 support. Standard iPhone 15‌ models will continue to offer faster speeds. USB 2.0, same as Lightning.

USB 2.0 transfer speeds are limited to 480MB/s, while USB 3.2 supports speeds of up to 20Gb/s. Thunderbolt 3 supports data transfer speeds of up to 40 Gb / s, so if Ku's predictions are correct, there will be a significant difference in wired data transfer speeds between iPhone 15 Pro and other models.

It is also scheduled to release the first iPhone devices with a USB-C port next year.


Elon Musk asks Twitter employees to work long hours or leave

Elon Musk told Twitter employees they must commit to working "long hours at a high intensity" or leave the company, and mentioned in an email to employees that workers are expected to be in the office at least 40 hours a week. He said he works more than 100 hours a week, sometimes sleeps in the office, and wants that for his employees, too.

Musk's management philosophy revolves around relying on small groups of skilled, motivated, and highly capable employees.

He says he'd rather have a few exceptional "very good, moderately motivated" people.

But his directions to the staff sometimes seem authoritarian, and the danger is that he may lose senior staff through this arrogance.


Miscellaneous news

◉ Apple plans to start obtaining some of its chips from a factory in Arizona, and production begins in 2024, and Tim Cook said, we have about two years ahead of us in that factory, and perhaps a little less, which represents a major step towards reducing its dependence on Asian production.

◉ Apple launched the third betas of iOS 16.2 updates, iPadOS 16.2, watchOS 9.2, tvOS 16.2 to, and macOS Ventura 13.1

◉ Apple shared an ad titled “The Rescue” showing the SOS emergency feature via satellite. The video was shared for the first time during the iPhone 14 announcement event, and it is now shared independently and is likely to be broadcast as a TV commercial in the coming months.

◉ Apple announced that Emergency SOS via satellite and the Find My feature via satellite will be launched in four additional countries next month, namely France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom, and Apple said that the feature will gradually expand and include other countries next year.

◉ The ongoing legal battle between Apple and Epic Games resumed this week, as lawyers for the two companies met in the US Court of Appeals to try to overturn last year's initial ruling.

◉ Apple is offering small and medium businesses up to 10% off 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in an effort to boost Mac sales this quarter. This is a bigger discount than companies usually offer, as Apple describes the deal as a “very special Mac campaign.” .

◉ Apple stores and Apple authorized service providers around the world are now able to complete repairs for all four iPhone 14 models, rather than having to replace the entire device.

◉ Apple faces a federal lawsuit alleging it records users' phone activity without their consent despite privacy safeguards, in violation of the California Privacy Act.


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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