The Apple logo will appear horizontally on the back of future iPads, the unveiling of an old iPod from 2003 that was not marketed, the recovery of iPhone sales in China due to price cuts, the announcement of the finalists for the Apple Design Award, YouTube launching “Playables” games for iOS, and other exciting news on the sidelines...

News on the sidelines Week Mar 5 - Mar 11

Cloud-based AI features in iOS 18 will have strong privacy protections

From, iOS 18 logo is displayed on a dark background after the update.

The iOS 18 update is widely expected to include new generative AI features, with a mix of on-device and in the cloud processing, and new reports have outlined Apple's alleged privacy measures for cloud-based features.

Apple's AI servers will run on a mix of M2 Ultra and M4 chips used in Macs and iPads. Apple will use what is known as the Secure Enclave or secure shield in its chips to isolate the data processed on its servers so that it cannot be seen by the system or Apple itself, while providing strong privacy protection in a way that is very difficult to penetrate even in the event of a data breach.

Apple resists new digital market regulations in India

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Apple, Google and Amazon are asking India to reconsider the proposed Digital Competition Bill, which is similar to the European Union's Digital Markets Act, over concerns about increased user costs and reduced investment. The US-India Business Council sent a letter to the Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs, saying that the bill, which aims to regulate large digital companies with global revenues of more than $30 billion and 10 million local users, could lead to higher prices and less services. The draft law aims to prevent companies from exploiting user data, and from giving preferential treatment to their own services over those of competitors.

The Indian government believes that the law is necessary to control the market power of major digital companies, with penalties for violations of up to 10% of the company's annual global sales volume.

YouTube launches “Playables” games for iOS

From, two smartphones display gaming apps on their screens. The left phone displays a word puzzle game with a desert background, while the right phone displays a list of popular games from the week of May 24 to 30.

Release YouTube “Playables” website, a collection of free mobile games available on the YouTube app and website, bypassing the App Store. There are more than 75 games, including Angry Birds Showdown and Cut the Rope. These toys are designed to be light, suitable for short play sessions. Game progress and high scores are saved. Initially tested with a small group of users, it is now becoming more widely available. (It's still not available to everyone Try this site) can be accessed by going to the “Explore” menu and selecting the Playables section. The move follows similar initiatives from Netflix and other companies that offer in-app games.

Apple Design Award finalists announced ahead of WWDC 2024

From, a silver cube with the Apple logo engraved with the text "Apple Design Award 2024", featured prominently in the news section of the May newsletter.

Apple today announced the finalists for the Apple Design Awards in preparation for the 2024 Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple selects the best apps and games annually, and announces the winners at the conference. The awards aim to highlight outstanding applications in design, innovation, ingenuity and technical achievement, in categories such as joy and play, inclusion, innovation, interaction, social impact, visual graphics and spatial computing. 42 apps and games were nominated in these categories, and Apple will announce the winners during the Developers Conference, where the winners will receive a physical prize and hardware to help them continue creating new apps and games.

God willing, we will discuss this in a separate article in some detail, mentioning these applications for review so that the benefit is widespread.

Apple confirms WWDC keynote on June 10, shares full schedule

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Apple has shared details of the agenda for its Worldwide Developers Conference 2024, which will be held from June 10 to 14. The conference, as usual, will include a keynote or opening remarks on June 10 at 10 AM PST or 7:00 PM Cairo time, when Apple is expected to announce versions of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS 15, tvOS 18, watchOS 11, and visionOS 2. There has been no news about new devices yet.

Apple will follow the keynote with a State of the Stand session, and the Apple Design Awards are usually held on the same day. The events will be available for broadcast on Apple's website, various applications, and YouTube. Throughout the conference week, Apple will host online labs and advisory sessions for developers to get advice on implementing new features, in addition to more than 100 technical sessions from Apple engineers, designers, and other experts. Apple recommends developers download an app Apple Developer To stay informed of conference announcements.

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Apple Hearing study reveals new insights into tinnitus

From, two smartphone screens showing sections of Apple's hearing study. The left screen shows details of 'Tingle Recording', and the right screen asks users to select the type of tinnitus with options such as 'Crickets'. News reports new updates on the study may involve participants in May.

Apple announced an update to its hearing study, focusing on new information about the hearing condition known as tinnitus. Researchers from the University of Michigan analyzed data from more than 160 participants using Apple devices, and the study revealed that 77.6% of participants experienced tinnitus on occasion. The study found that the prevalence of daily tinnitus increases with age, especially in people over 55 years of age. Participants reported using different methods to treat tinnitus, such as using noise machines, listening to nature sounds, and practicing meditation. Apple pointed to several ways in which its devices can support hearing health, such as applying noise and monitoring environmental noise levels.

The Apple Hearing Study, in collaboration with the University of Michigan, seeks to advance understanding of sound exposure and its impact on hearing health.

Apple gives the green light to produce iPhone 16 Pro screens

From Two iPhone 16 Pro Max devices are shown on a gradient wallpaper, showcasing their home screen with various app icons and an identical wallpaper, highlighting some of the biggest changes in the latest model.

Samsung Display and LG Display have obtained approval to mass produce OLED screens for iPhone 16 Pro models, according to what was reported by the Korean newspaper The Elec. Approval was granted earlier this month, allowing both suppliers to begin mass production. Samsung Display will provide OLED screens for all four iPhone 16 models, while LG Display will provide screens exclusively for the Pro models.

BOE is also expected to help provide OLED screens for the iPhone 16 and iPhone Plus. Samsung Display is expected to receive approval for OLED displays for the iPhone Pro Max by the end of the month, followed by LG Display in mid-June. It is expected that there will be slight differences between the OLED screens in the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro, with the possibility of thinner bezels.

Apple is moving forward to produce 2nm chips

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Apple's chip maker, TSMC, is set to introduce 2nm chip technology next year, according to a report from BusinessKorea. Apple is expected to benefit from this progress by manufacturing its chips according to this new technology. TSMC's Vice President of Operations Development, Zhang Xiaogang, confirmed that "the development process for 2nm processors is going smoothly" and that mass production is going according to plan in 2025. Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer, also recently made a secret visit to Taiwan to meet with the TSMC chief. , Wei Zhi Jia, ensuring the supply of 2 nm chips. 2nm chips are expected to bring greater improvements in performance and power efficiency compared to current 3nm technology. TSMC is still the only company capable of manufacturing chips with this precise technology and the quality that Apple needs.

iPhone sales rebound in China amid rising demand for smartphones

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iPhone sales in China jumped 52% in April, reflecting a significant rebound driven by significant price cuts and renewed demand from consumers. This rise in shipments, from 2.3 million units in April 2023 to 3.5 million units in April 2024, came after a series of price cuts to boost sales in the region. The recovery in iPhone sales in China is part of a broader recovery in the smartphone market, where overall sales rose 25.5% to 22.7 million units in April. CAICT data showed that iPhone sales contributed significantly to this growth.

The shift comes after a difficult start to the year for Apple in China, where it saw a 37% drop in sales during the first two months. The recovery began in March with a 12% increase in shipments, and continued into April. This is due to huge discounts on iPhone devices, up to double.

Uncovering an old iPod that contains the game Tetris designed by Apple

A YouTube video from the AppleDemoYT channel, known for sourcing rare Apple devices, revealed an unmarketed prototype of an iPod 3 that featured a “Stacker” game similar to Tetris.

From, a classic portable media player with a monochrome screen displaying a game, and a circular control wheel beneath four buttons, mounted on a gray fabric surface, perfect for catching up on sideline news during your free time.

This iPod is a “DVT” model, meaning a version intended for “design and verification” testing. This model was manufactured in week 14 of 2003, more than a month before the release of the iPod 3, and was purchased from a Chinese electronics recycling plant. Although it did not work when purchased, it worked again after replacing the hard drive cable.

From A scuffed and scuffed black iPod with the Apple logo and "iPod" text on the back, sitting on a textured surface, looking as if it had seen better days in May.

The device runs on an early prototype of the iPodOS 2.0 system, and “Stacker” is one of the games installed on it. Stacker is very similar to Tetris, where game pieces are moved from left to right using a scroll wheel. Pieces fall down when you press the middle button, and the goal is to clear the largest number of lines at a time to collect points.

The device contains other games, all with temporary, non-final names, including Block0, Chopper, and Klondike. There is also a battery test playlist containing classical music tracks on repeat, suggesting that Apple used this iPod to test the battery life of the third generation before its release.

Miscellaneous news

◉ Apple will open its first store in Malaysia on June 22 in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. This opening will represent an important step in expanding the scope of Apple stores in the Southeast Asia region. This is the sixth Apple store in the region, after three stores in Singapore and two in Thailand.

From A modern architectural building with a patterned roof that is illuminated at dusk stands prominently. People walk around, blending into the urban skyscrapers and green spaces, creating a vibrant scene reminiscent of the bustling life in May.

◉ Apple stopped signing the version of iOS 17.5, which prevents iPhone users from returning to that version, after the launch of iOS 17.5.1 on May 20, which is a common thing that Apple does to encourage systems to be updated with the latest security improvements, as iOS 17.5.1 is considered XNUMX. The only version currently available after addressing a bug that caused deleted photos to appear again on the iPhone.

◉ Apple has released a new firmware update for the AirPods Pro 2 for the Lightning and USB-C versions. Apple doesn't provide details about what features might be included in the update other than "bug fixes and other improvements," so it's not clear what's new in the update.

◉ Market research company Omdia expects to launch new MacBook Pro devices with OLED displays in 2026. The demand for OLED displays is witnessing significant growth, and is expected to reach 60 million units by 2031. Apple’s move to use OLED displays on iPad Pro devices is Beginning to expand the use of this technology to include most of its tablet devices.

◉ The Apple logo may appear horizontally on the back of future iPad devices, according to an interview conducted by the French magazine Numerama with Apple employees. Although iPads are usually used vertically, using them horizontally with a keyboard is becoming increasingly popular. Apple product designer, Molly Anderson, indicates the possibility of adopting a horizontal logo on the back of future devices, especially with iPadOS 14.5 shifting to display the operating logo horizontally when using the device horizontally.

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This is not all the news on the sidelines, 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 make life easier for you And help you with it, and if your life robs you, and you get busy with it, then there is no need for it.


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