Apple cancels the car project, and moves forward in the field of artificial intelligence, and the iOS 18 update will be compatible with these iPhone devices. Apple confirms that iOS 17.4 allows video calling applications to stop interactions, and it is possible that Apple will design a 2-nanometer chip, and other exciting news in On the sidelines…

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Apple spent more than $10 billion on the Apple Car before canceling the project

Apple spent more than $10 billion on its self-driving electric car “Project Titan” over the past decade, but eventually canceled the project due to various challenges. Despite initial enthusiasm, the project faced internal skepticism, leadership issues, and difficulty developing autonomous driving software. Apple reportedly considered buying Tesla but chose to build its own car.

The project faced many challenges, including high costs and therefore the car would be expensive, with low profit margins. There were also leadership problems, as the project lacked stable leadership. This is in addition to the technical difficulties that Apple was unable to overcome, such as the obstacle of developing the programs and algorithms necessary for self-driving capabilities.

The failure of the project led to the redeployment of more than 2000 employees, with some joining other Apple teams and others being laid off. Apple reportedly plans to use the knowledge gained from the project to develop other AI-powered technologies.

 CAD drawings showing what the iPad Pro design with an OLED screen will look like

Apple is working on a redesigned iPad Pro, set to launch in March, which features its biggest design refresh since 2018. The most noticeable change will be the switch to OLED displays, allowing for a much thinner device compared to current models. Leaked computer graphics show that the larger model is 1mm thinner.

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OLED screen technology promises improved image quality, improved HDR, better colors and deeper blacks. This will be the first time that Apple has used OLED screens in a device of this size, and it was previously limited to the iPhone and Apple Watches. In terms of internal components, it is expected to contain a faster M3 chipset with a 3nm manufacturing process, and perhaps support MagSafe charging. Rumors also point to a new Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

Apple ID will be renamed to Apple Account later this year

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Apple may soon revamp its user account system, possibly renaming the well-known “Apple ID” to “Apple Account.” This change could happen as early as this year, coinciding with the release of new versions of iOS and macOS updates. The rebranding process will include modifying both the system's apps and Apple's website to reflect the new terminology. While the exact reason behind the potential change is still unknown, it indicates a potential shift in how users access and manage their Apple services. However, it is important to note that such an order does not guarantee the final implementation of the rebranding, and Apple may choose to stick with the current “Apple ID” name.

This isn't the first time Apple has used multiple marketing names before settling on a final name for a new feature. In its internal tests, Apple gave the Glasses system three different names: RealtOS, xrOS, and VisionOS.

The decision to cancel the Apple Car project is a shock to Chinese companies

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Apple's decision to cancel its electric car project has shocked ambitious Chinese startups in the field of self-driving electric cars. They viewed Apple as a major competitor in the future, and its exit came as a surprise to them. Xiaomi expressed its astonishment through its founder and acknowledged the challenges of manufacturing this type of car, but stressed Xiaomi's commitment to it. Likewise, Xpeng's president also expressed his disbelief at Apple's decision.

However, CEO Li Auto viewed Apple's shift toward AI positively. He believes that artificial intelligence will be crucial to future devices and applications, in line with Apple's strengths. This news comes amid a booming electric vehicle market in China, with BYD surpassing Tesla's global sales last year.

Apple will likely design a 2nm chip

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Apple is reportedly already designing 2nm chips, according to an alleged leak from an Apple employee. This process promises smaller transistors, resulting in 10-15% faster performance, and 25-30% improved power efficiency compared to current 3nm chips, and is expected to be in production by late 2025. Apple will likely be the first company to obtain On these chips from TSMC, which produced all 3nm chips in 2023, highlighting their close partnership. This news signals Apple's commitment to staying at the forefront of chip technology and potentially delivering significant performance improvements in future devices.

Apple confirms that iOS 17.4 allows video calling applications to stop interactions

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In the iOS 17.4 update, Apple now allows video calling app developers to control the “Interactions” feature by default. This comes after reports of accidental activations during important calls. Developers can choose to completely disable interactions within their apps, while users will still have the option to manually enable them from Control Center if necessary. This change is intended to prevent accidental use of the feature and potentially embarrassing situations, while still offering it as an option for those who want it.

It is rumored that the iOS 18 update will be compatible with these iPhone models

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According to a leak with a history of accurate information, the iOS 18 update will be compatible with the iPhone XR, along with the iPhone XS and XS Max, which share the same A12 Bionic chip. This means that iOS 18 will support the same iPhone models that support the current iOS 17 update, starting from the iPhone SE (second generation) to the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The official announcement of the iOS 18 update is expected to be made at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WDC) next June, followed by a public release in September. Rumors suggest that the update may include features such as improved Siri with generative AI, RCS messaging support, and design changes. While the iOS 18 update expands compatibility to the iPhone XR series, iPadOS 18 may drop support for devices equipped with the A10X Fusion chip.

Major shareholders plan to force Apple to disclose use of artificial intelligence

At Apple's upcoming shareholder meeting, some of the company's largest investors plan to push for increased transparency regarding its use of artificial intelligence (AI). This includes a proposal from a major consortium and support from major shareholders such as Norges Bank and Legal & General. These entities claim that Apple currently lacks sufficient transparency about its AI practices and the potential ethical risks associated with them. They recommend disclosing the use of AI tools and any established ethical guidelines. While Apple is urging investors to reject the proposal, citing concerns about disclosing strategic plans, major investor advisory firms are encouraging support for the decision due to current concerns about risk assessment. This pressure may lead Apple to address these concerns, especially with the potential announcement of new AI features at its WWDC developer conference later this year.

Miscellaneous news

◉ Apple is expanding its self-service repair program to include the M3 iMac, M3 MacBook Pro, and M3 MacBook Pro devices. This program allows customers to purchase original Apple parts and tools, as well as repair instructions, to repair their devices themselves.

◉ Apple sells refurbished 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M3 Pro and M3 Max chips in Canada, the UK, Germany and Italy. At a discount of about 15% compared to new models.
Apple says it's functionally identical to new devices and comes with a one-year extendable warranty with AppleCare Plus.

◉ At Apple's annual shareholder meeting, Tim Cook highlighted the company's commitment to artificial intelligence (AI). He stated their plans to “break new ground” in the field of generative AI this year, which could unlock significant benefits for users. This follows previous comments made by Cook indicating significant investments and efforts in this area throughout the year. Rumors suggest that these AI advancements may be integrated into the upcoming iOS 18, which could improve many built-in apps.

◉ Apple releases the final release candidates for iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, and macOS Sonoma 14.4 updates to developers.

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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