With the launch of the first activities of the Consumer Electronics Show CES 2023, a device connected to the iPhone to do urine analysis at home, and the announcement of new screens from Samsung and Dell that compete with Apple Studio and XDR screens, the return of the Fortnite game to the Apple App Store soon, and Apple is unique in 3 nano technology meters, fining Apple 8 million dollars, Google pressuring Apple in a new advertisement for the use of the RCS protocol, a new patent for the Apple Pencil, Intel announces the fastest laptop processor ever, and other exciting news in On the sidelines…

News on the sidelines Week Mar 5 - Mar 11

New Thunderbolt 4 docking station at CES

The first activities of the Consumer Electronics Show CES 2023 began and will continue until next Sunday, and before these events many products were announced, including the Thunderbolt 4 device that Plugable revealed to connect MacBook Pro devices, the device is 14 inches and 16 inches and is equipped with 15 ports, at a price $299 on Amazon starting January 17th.

◉ Six USB-A ports, three of which support data transfer at a speed of 10Gbps, two ports support 5Gbps, and one port 480MB per second.

◉ And two USB-C ports, one supporting 10Gbps data transfer and the other providing up to 100W of charging to your MacBook Pro or other connected device.

◉ HDMI ports, two DisplayPort ports, and an Ethernet port, at a speed of 2.5 Gbps.

◉ SD and microSD card readers, audio input and output jack.

◉ The device has a separate power supply and connects to the MacBook Pro using a Thunderbolt 4 cable. Up to two 4K displays at 60Hz can be connected to 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M1 Pro and M1 Max processors.

Dell competes with the Apple XDR Pro screen with its new 6K UltraSharp screen

Dell unveiled a group of new screens before the start of the CES 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, topping the 6-inch 32K UltraSharp screen, and competing strongly with the Apple XDR Pro screen.

◉ Dell screen comes with a resolution of 6144 x 3456 pixels with 223 pixels per inch, which is higher than the Apple XDR Pro screen that comes with a resolution of 6016 x 3384 pixels with 218 pixels per inch.

◉ It comes with IPS Black technology developed by LG Display, which is the first technology of its kind in screens, allowing for better contrast and deeper black colors, and provides 1.2 times better color accuracy compared to traditional IPS screens.

◉ It is equipped with a built-in webcam that uses artificial intelligence during video calls. It has two 14-watt speakers and dual echo-cancellation microphones.

◉ It comes with a variety of ports, including Thunderbolt 4 that supports 140W of Power Delivery, USB-A, ethernet, HDMI, and DP 2.1.

◉ On the front of the screen, there are also two USB-C ports and a USB-A port through a pop-up drawer.

◉ Unlike the Apple XDR Pro monitor that does not come with a stand, the Dell monitor has a built-in stand that can rotate, tilt, and move the screen up or down according to user preferences.

◉ The screen also contains a built-in 4K webcam that uses artificial intelligence to improve image quality and keep users in the frame during video calls.

Dell says the monitor will be available later this year and has not provided any pricing details. The cost of the Apple XDR Pro screen starts at $ 5000. The stand must be purchased separately for $XNUMX.

Urine reader connected to the iPhone

Withings announced at the Consumer Electronics Show CES 2023 a U-Scan device through which a urine analysis can be done, by placing it in the toilet, and then collecting urine for examination through a thermal sensor, and as the company says it will provide immediate results. After the test, the information is sent to the Withings application on the iPhone via Wi-Fi.

The U-Scan will be launched first in Europe in the second quarter of 2023 and will be priced at €499.95 per reader and one cartridge. U-Scan will be available in the United States later.

Intel launches the fastest laptop processor in the world with 24 cores

Intel announced the launch of its new thirteenth generation processors, led by the Intel Core i9-13980HX processor, which is a 24-core 5.6GHz laptop processor that Intel says is the fastest laptop processor in the world in terms of clock speed.

Apple's market value drops below $2 trillion as the share price continues to drop

Apple shares fell about 4% yesterday, sending the company's valuation below $2 trillion for the first time since 2021. Apple's stock reached its lowest price since June 2021 with growing concerns about iPhone supply restrictions in China and weak demand for iPhones. their products due to continued high inflation and a looming recession.

While the stock market experienced a broader contraction, the Financial Times reported that Apple has fared better than some of its peers, losing 27% of its value in the past 12 months.

Perhaps one of the reasons for this is that Apple suppliers such as Foxconn are facing restrictions on iPhone production due to protests related to the Corona virus and labor shortages over the past few months, which has led to delays in shipping the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.

Apple obtains a new patent for the Apple Pencil

Apple has patented a next-generation Apple Pencil that can sample colors from the real world and then enter the same color on an iPad, in addition to other features, including the ability to sample textures.

The patent describes color sensors built into the tip of the pen that can sample the surface of real-life objects and detect their color. The images in the patent show that the Apple Pencil may come with a built-in ambient light sensor and a light detector that can detect surface color and texture.

Google continues to pressure Apple for not adopting the RCS protocol

Google is continuing its #GetTheMessage campaign to try to convince Apple to adopt RCS in messaging, displaying a large digital ad on the Harmon Corner display in Las Vegas.

The ad urges Apple not to continue making the mistake and to decide whether to adopt RCS or Rich Communication Services, an integrated standard for communication and chat similar to WhatsApp, Telegram and other applications, to replace the old SMS or MMS protocol.

Google launched the “Get the Message” campaign last August with a full website highlighting the benefits of RCS, which includes support for high-resolution images and videos, voice messages, and larger file sizes, along with improved encryption, cross-platform emoji responses, and group chats. More reliable across different devices.

France imposes a fine of 8 million euros on Apple

Apple was fined €8 million by French regulators today for breaching French data protection rules with targeted App Store ads. The French National Committee for Informatics and Freedom said CNIL Apple did not obtain the consent of French iPhone users before using the identifiers to serve targeted ads in the iOS 14.6 update.

Apple was collecting information and using that data for ads by default, and CNIL says users have to take "a large number of actions" to turn off ads in the privacy section of Settings. As a result, the CNIL ruled that Apple had breached Article 82 of the Data Protection Act, resulting in a penalty of €8 million.

Apple's response was that it was "disappointed" with the decision and plans to appeal, noting that it only uses its private data for personalized ads.

Miscellaneous news

◉ Apple may be the only company that will use 3 nm manufacturing technology in 2023, and this greatly affected Qualcomm, as it put it in a dilemma.

◉ OtterBox announced the upcoming release of its OtterGrip Symmetry Series lids, which are MagSafe compatible and have an included grip that doesn't need to be removed to charge.

◉ Apple asked suppliers to reduce production of AirPods, MacBook and Apple Watch components in the first quarter of this year due to lower demand.

◉ Apple has officially classified the third generation of the iPad Mini as an old product, which marks the official end of the road for one of the most popular iPad devices, and this means that it will not receive any services from now on from maintenance and original parts from Apple.

◉ India is considering excluding some products from a proposed law that would force a select group of consumer electronics to adopt a USB-C port, and among the potentially exempted devices are AirPods.

◉ Samsung announced several upcoming new monitors such as the ViewFinity S9, the first 5-inch 27K display that will rival the Apple Studio monitor.

◉ Epic Games CEO said Fortnite will return to the App Store on iOS in 2023, nearly three years after removing the best-selling game on the App Store for violating store rules.

◉ Apple has closed the popular weather app Dark Sky, and it has already been removed from the App Store and has stopped working for existing users.

◉ This week, the fourth quarter of 2022 became the first without new Mac models in 22 years, as previously expected devices such as the next-generation MacBook Pro and Mac Pro models seem to have been pushed back to the current year.

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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