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The iPhone 15 Pro will come with tactile buttons, angry protests in China, the A16 Bionic processor outperforms the new Snapdragon 8 second generation, Microsoft brings back the SwiftKey keyboard, the direct view feature in Google Maps, and Phil Schiller from Apple closes his Twitter account and other news Exciting in On the Sidelines…

News on the sidelines Week Mar 5 - Mar 11


An investigation into the dominance of Apple and Google on mobile browsers

The UK competition watchdog has launched its investigation into the dominance of Apple and Google in mobile browsers. And she revealed “great support” for a full investigation into how this dominance, especially Apple’s monopoly on cloud games, through its App Store.

Other browser owners, web developers and cloud gaming service providers said this dominance hurt their businesses and hindered innovation.

In a year-long study conducted by the Capital Market Authority, it concluded that this was an effective duopoly that represented a stranglehold on such markets, as the study found that 97% of all mobile web browsing in the United Kingdom in 2021 was using browsers supported by either the Apple engine or google.

The investigative body continues to examine the terms and conditions of Apple's App Store, and has stated that companies that do not meet its rules will be punished with large fines. The British government said it would introduce regulations to combat anti-competitive breaches before May next year in the form of the Consumer Competition and Digital Markets Act.


iCloud Windows users are complaining about corrupted photos and videos

The iCloud program for Windows faces serious problems for some users, which is the corruption of some photos and videos sent by strangers, sent from the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro, after syncing photos and videos with iCloud Windows turn to color black and then not watchable.

What is even more disturbing is that some users have seen strange photos and videos that do not belong to them appear in their libraries when they try to view these corrupted videos.

It appears that the problem is where it might be from the servers, and Apple has been notified of that issue. The problem may only be limited to devices with HDR and HEVC settings as mentioned in the complaints.


Apple is turning to Samsung memory chips after the ban against China

Apple will turn to Samsung To obtain the storage memory used in the iPhone before dealing with one of the largest makers of NAND flash memory in China.

For information, NAND flash memory is a type of storage technology installed on the motherboard and does not require electrical power to retain data.

Apple originally intended to buy 128-layer 30D NAND flash memory chips from the Chinese company YMTC for use in iPhone devices, but this was suspended due to the addition of the company and XNUMX other Chinese companies to the list of “Unverified” or companies that did not The suitability to work with it is checked. Now, it is under investigation by the US Department of Commerce over whether it violated the export controls and standards set forth, and is widely expected to be blacklisted in early December. It may be because the Chinese government has a hand in such companies.


iPhone 15 may come with a titanium structure with curved back edges

In a new rumor, the iPhone 15 may come with a titanium body with curved back edges to replace the current square design, similar to the bottom edges in the structure of the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.


Phil Schiller is closing his Twitter account

Arose Phil Schiller, one of the geniuses who made Apple, deactivated his Twitter account after the recent developments that occurred due to Elon Musk.

Schiller often used his account to promote new Apple products, services, programs, and initiatives and to interact with customers, now Schiller's account no longer exists. The account had more than two hundred thousand followers and was created in November 2008.

And Elon Musk announced that the account of former President Trump will be returned to the platform after it was suspended in January 2021, and Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the future of Twitter and his relationship with Apple, saying he still hopes that Twitter will adhere to moderation under the new leadership.


Microsoft is bringing back the SwiftKey keyboard for iOS

Last September, Microsoft reported that SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS had been discontinued and removed from the App Store for no apparent reason. The SwiftKey keyboard was a popular alternative for iPhone users. Now, after a few weeks, Microsoft says that due to user feedback, it will bring the app back to the App Store, promising to add new features.

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Live View feature comes to Google Maps

The new Live View augmented reality feature comes to the Google Maps application, allowing you to visually search for restaurants, cafes, and other businesses around you, by opening Maps and clicking on the camera in the search bar.

Google Maps will provide augmented reality directions and arrows, with information on how far the location is from you and how you can get there. You can also see basic information about each place right on the screen, such as whether it is open or closed, the price, and the ratings it has received.

The feature will roll out in London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo starting next week.


The A16 Bionic processor outperformed the Snapdragon 8

Earlier this week, Qualcomm announced its latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor for phones, promising to revolutionize flagship smartphones, it said, with "groundbreaking" experiences.

The new chip is expected to be launched later this year, but benchmarks indicate that it cannot compete with the Apple A16 Bionic processor chip in the iPhone 14 Pro.

Geekbench scores for the processor have been spotted in an as-yet-unreleased Android phone. According to the results, the Snapdragon 8 processor scored 1483 for single core and 4709 for multi core, compared to 1874 for single core and 5372 for multi core in the Apple A16 Bionic processor.

Rather, the Apple A15 Bionic processor, which is present in the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 14 models, also scored higher than the new Qualcomm processor, as it scored 1709 for the single core compared to 1483 for the Qualcomm processor.

Qualcomm says the new processor is 35% faster than its predecessor in CPU performance, 25% faster in GPU performance, and an increase in power efficiency.


Angry protests erupted at the main iPhone factory in China

Footage widely circulated on the Internet shows hundreds of workers from the Foxconn plant protesting and clashing with police. Among the reasons for this protest is the accumulation of frustration due to the strict rules due to the Corona virus, in addition to the incompetent handling of the situation, as well as among the reasons that the workers did not receive the incentives that they were promised.

The city of Zhengzhou has the largest factory for the iPhone - a subsidiary of Foxconn, employing about two hundred thousand workers. Foxconn is responsible for assembling about 70% of iPhones, and is struggling to keep employees on site due to strict Covid rules as we mentioned.


Miscellaneous news

◉ A car crashed into an Apple store on Apple Derby Street in the Hingham suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, at high speed, penetrating the store, etc. The accident resulted in the death of one person and the injury of at least 19 people, four of whom are in critical condition.

◉ VMware has announced the release of Fusion 13, the latest major update for Fusion Virtualization. For your information, the Fusion emulator is designed to allow Mac users to run other systems such as Windows 11 and others.

◉ India is making progress on a government proposal that would mandate a USB-C charger across all smartphones, tablets, and laptops, including Apple devices, led by the iPhone, following in the footsteps of the European Union, which recently passed a similar law.

◉ Cirrus Logic, a supplier to Apple, hinted that the iPhone 15 Pro models will come with tactile buttons next year.


This is not all technology news, but we brought you the most important of them, and it is not necessary for a non-specialist to occupy himself with every incoming and outgoing, there are more important things that you do in your life, so do not let the devices distract you or distract you from your life and duties, and know that technology exists to facilitate life for you and help you in it And if your life is taken away from you and you are busy with it, then there is no need for it.

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