A carbon copy of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, Google working on a tracking device like AirTag, mixed reality glasses at the price of the iPhone, postponing the augmented reality glasses indefinitely, Goal closing the Stadia platform, and other exciting news in On the Sidelines…
The launch of a new MacBook Air with a 3nm M3 chip in the second half of this year
Apple plans to release a new MacBook Air in the second half of this year, and it may be equipped with a 3-nanometer chip, possibly the M3, which will provide faster performance and improved energy efficiency.
It is worth noting that TSMC, Apple's supplier, started mass production of 3nm chips in late December. The M3 chip in the next MacBook Air could be one of the first Apple chips to come with a 3 nm manufacturing accuracy, as well as the A17 Bionic chip in the iPhone 15 Pro models.
Apple is working to fix the font problem in the iPhone 14 Pro Max screen
According to Apple's notes about the iOS 16.3 update, it is working to fix the problem of the appearance of horizontal lines on the screen of some iPhone 14 Pro Max devices when restarting or even unlocking the screen, and the update is in its final beta stages, and it may be launched very soon.
The iOS 16.3 update comes with some new features, on top of which is the use of a physical security key for two-factor authentication, and we hope that the update will solve problems we have mentioned in Previous article.
Apple is working on a screen similar to the iPad to control smart homes
This new screen is designed to be used in smart home management, and is similar to low-cost iPads, not only that, but can be used for video broadcasting, FaceTime conversations, and much more. It can be installed on walls using magnetic fasteners, and it will be more integrated than the iPad. It may compete with other devices such as Amazon Meta Portal, Echo Show, or others.
Google shuts down its gaming service Stadia
Yesterday, Google officially shut down its cloud gaming service Stadia and shut down its private servers, after it failed to gain the traction it expected.
Launched in November 2019, the service is designed to allow cloud gaming to be played across a range of devices, including PCs, Chromebooks, Macs, iPhones, and iPads. However, the turnout was disappointing. Google also shut down the only Stadia game development studio shortly after the launch of the service.
After stopping the service, Google promises to refund money to anyone who made purchases over the course of its work, including games, downloadable content, and consoles provided by the service, and the company began processing refunds last November.
Stadia controllers are designed to connect directly to servers via Wi-Fi, and contain an unused Bluetooth chip, and Google will provide a tool capable of using Bluetooth, allowing it to be used with various devices after closing Stadia.
Postponing the development of augmented reality glasses indefinitely
Apple has temporarily suspended the development of augmented reality glasses, not “mixed reality” glasses, due to technical difficulties, such as the inability to make them lightweight, and the inability to provide a battery that lasts for a long time, in addition to the technical complications that require effort and a long time to work properly. It may be due to the imminent launch of mixed reality glasses that are worn over the head, and Apple wanted to pour all its efforts into it.
And according to Bloomberg, some Apple employees believe that this type of glasses will never be produced, and its fate will be the fate of the Airpower charging base.
Instead of developing augmented reality glasses, Apple is now focusing on mixed reality glasses, which are scheduled to be launched this year and will cost around $3000.
Apple is working on a cheaper mixed reality glasses version
Many rumors indicated that the first mixed reality glasses will be $ 3000, but in the future Apple will produce glasses at a lower cost that may be similar to the price of the iPhone, by using components such as those in the iPhone, instead of the chips used in the latest Mac devices. already integrated into the first mixed reality glasses.
The development of affordable Mixed Reality glasses is still in its infancy and its launch could be next year or the world after.
Following in the footsteps of Apple, Google is working on AirTag-like tracking devices
Google is working on a location tracker that could compete with Apple AirTags and Tile trackers, according to a developer on Twitter, who claims to have detected signals of upcoming trackers, which can quickly pair with nearby Bluetooth devices. The device is said to be codenamed “Grogu” after the little Yoda character in the Star Wars series “The Mandalorian,” and the Google Nest team is developing this device.
Google could announce these trackers along with the new Pixel phones at its I/O developer conference this May.
Google's trackers will likely offer much more functionality than AirTags on Android.
A convincing imitation of the iPhone 14 Pro Max
The Chinese company, LeEco, launched a new phone under the name LeEco S1 Pro, which is a carbon replica of the iPhone 14 Pro, with the same triple rear camera design and interactive island.
◉ The phone is sold at a price of 899 Chinese yuan or $ 135, with a 6.5-inch LCD screen, with a resolution of 1600 x 728 at a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
◉ The interactive island on the phone contains a 5-megapixel selfie camera.
◉ There is a fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone.
◉ The phone comes in black and titanium blue. Powered by Zhanrui T7510 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and support for 5G connectivity.
◉ Apple is developing a TV with a faster processor, with the same current 4K design, and it is unlikely that it will support 8K resolution, and it is scheduled to be launched in the first half of 2024.
◉ Apple launched a new update under the name 5B59 for AirPods 2, AirPods 3, original AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max, and did not mention anything about this update.
◉ Apple launched the gold version ready for the final release of iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, watchOS 9.3, macOS Ventura 13.2 and tvOS 16.3 updates for developers.
◉ After the announcement of the new HomePod, many owners of the original HomePod are wondering if it can be paired with the first generation HomePod, but the answer to this is that it cannot.
◉ According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the next generation Mac mini scheduled for 2024 will not come with an updated design.
◉ After announcing the Mac mini with the new M2 Pro processor, which replaced the Intel processor, the Mac Pro is the only one in Apple's current product lineup that still uses an Intel processor.
◉ Apple stopped offering Intel-powered Mac mini models after launching models powered by the new M2 and M2 Pro processors.
◉ According to a new report alleging that the iPhone 15 Pro Max will be the only one that supports periscope technology and take advantage of the significantly improved optical zoom feature.
◉ Last Sunday marked the 2008th anniversary of Steve Jobs taking the MacBook Air out of an envelope at the XNUMX Macworld Expo in San Francisco, billing it as the world's thinnest laptop at the time.
◉ An increasing number of 4G XNUMXK TV owners are reporting connectivity issues with the Siri Remote, these issues are temporarily resolved by restarting the remote control or restarting other devices.