Weekly Digest - 2022.14
Photos of the next-gen console has were posted on NeoGAF and Twitter. It’s unclear how legitimate those photos are, but if this they are, it's the first time we can see the console with all the ports:
Microsoft has not commented on the leak, so we will have to wait, probably till E3 2020, for official news.
According to report from Macotakara, this year iPhones will have new dimensions:
Disney announced that its streaming service, Disney+, will launch in Europe on March 24th. It will be available in selected countries:
Belgium, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland will get access this summer. Unfortunately, Eastern Europe will have to wait till the first half of 2021.
Google revealed that its annual developer conference will take place from May 12th to May 14th. The conference dates were reveled through a puzzle game.
It's still unclear what Google is going to announce during the conference, but the preview of a new Android is a safe bet.
Image credits: NeoGAF
According to Taiwan's Economic Daily News Apple is going to announce a gaming computer during this year WWDC. The report claims that new machine may be a a laptop or all-in-one desktop with a price tag of up to $5,000. So basically it could be a new MacBook or an iMac.
This rumor is so sketchy on so many levels. First of all Apple, just released a brand new, large-screen, laptop that is arguably gaming capable. Second, both iMac and iMac Pro are long overdue for an update, so they might get a hardware upgrade around WWDC. Also, iMac Pro is VR capable, so, without a doubt, newer hardware will be more powerful.
Beside that, Apple is focusing on Apple Arcade, which has small Indie games. Those, compering to AAA titles, are not that demanding, and most of today's computers could run them easily.
So as you can see, I take this rumor with a grain of salt. But in every rumor there is a little bit of truth, and I believe we might get updated iMacs. But the updates will be related more with VR than traditional gaming.
Since last year, customers could engrave their AirPods with custom text. This year Apple extended this option with emojis. Unfortunately the number of emojis is very limited, but it includes the most popular ones: smiling face, thumb up, heart, dog, alien, and even poop.
This feature is very silly, but I have to admit that those emojis look pretty dope on the charging case.
Samsung announced the budget versions of 2019 flagships. They offer some the of premium features at more affordable price points, which at the moment are still unknown.
Here are the specs:
Galaxy S10 Lite
Note 10 Lite
Nintendo has announced the Switch Lite. It is a new Switch that only supports handheld mode. Here is the list of changes in comparison to "standard" Switch:
Nintendo Switch Lite launches on September 20 for $199.99 in three colors: yellow, grey, and turquoise.
On Tuesday Apple completely revamped their notebook lineup. First of all, they stopped selling 12-inch MacBook. Macbook supposed to be replacement for MacBook Air, but it never became popular. Smaller size and new keyboard weren't enough to steal users hearts.
Speaking of MacBook Air, the old non Retina version is also finally gone. Also, Apple has updated the new Retina version with True Tone display and they lowered the price from $1199 to $1099 ($999 for students).
MacBook Pro lineup also is simpler. Apple stopped selling the 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar. It means that all MacBooks Pro, not matter of size, now come with Touch Bar.
In addition to cleaning up the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lineup, Apple has lowered the cost of SSD options for all Mac, including the desktop ones. The price drop is especially visible in more high-end versions.
For example this is how the new prices, of SSD options, look like in comparison to old ones for 15-inch MacBook Pro:
|Storage||Price Before||Price Now|
(*) Base model
Overall, this news was a completely surprise and the welcome one. It's not only a huge simplification of the MacBook lineup, but also a big change for the entire Mac lineup, as most of the Macs are now more affordable.
I hope Apple will continue this trend with other products.
Image credits: Nintendo