Weekly Digest - 2021.35
CD Project Red, after 9 years of development, finally released the Cyberpunk 2077. First reviews are very positive. CDP Red once again delivered very solid game, although it is far from being perfect. The game is hunted by many little bugs. Bugs are not unexpected as the game is huge, but they make the experience less pleasant. Overall it looks like Cyberpunk is solid game and it somehow met the expectations.
Space X has performed a test flight of the Starship. The launch was verifying following scenario:
The test ran perfectly until the landing. The pressure in fuel cells was too low, which resulted in higher touch down speed than anticipated, which ultimately caused an explosion.
Despite the fact, that Starship is gone, the test was successful.
Apple announce AirPods Max - the over-ear noise-canceling headphones. Here are selected features:
AirPods Max will be available from December 15th for $549.
According to latest rumors, Apple is working on new 32-core chip, that will be shipped with upcoming iMacs and 16-inch MacBook Pros. Looking at performance of the current M1 chip, it is something worth waiting for.
Apple also announced that Fitness+ will launch on December 14th. The workout service will be available only in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the US for $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year.
Disney have unveiled their plans for the foreseeable future.
Image credits: Apple
This week Apple had their annual iPhone event. This is what have been announced.
The successor of the iPhone XR looks following:
iPhone 11 comes in Black, Green, Yellow, Purple, Red, White colors from $699 for the base model.
The successors of the iPhone XS look following:
iPhone 11 Pro models come in Midnight Green, Space Grey, Silver and Gold. iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999 and the Pro Max starts at $1,099.
(*) We don't have official specification from Apple. Available reports are contradicting each other. Quite possible that the amount of memory depends on amount of storage, like in iPad.
Newest Apple Watch also got small upgrade:
Apple Watch Series 5 starts at $399 for 40mm model and $429 for 44mm version.
Apple has also announced the successor to the 9.7-inch iPad:
New iPad starts at just $329.
Apple shared more details about their upcoming streaming service:
Image credits: Apple
Here is the list of more interesting games presented during Gamescom:
Google has changed the naming convention of their mobile operating system. After years of using alphabet letters, also associated with funny names of sweets, company decided to change the naming convention to numbers.
I was wondering how Google would name the Android after the Z version. I got the answer sooner than expected 😅 The Android's naming convention was a really cool idea from marketing perspective. But from practical point of view it was confusing to the users, so I'm surprised that happened now, but overall it is a good decision.
This week Disney hold its annual conference. This year the main focus was of course on the new streaming service. You can watch the Star Wars segment yourself here.
Star Wars Episode IX: The raise of Skywalker
There is no new news about the movie, similarly to previous movies, Disney waits with the marketing campaign till late September/early October. But we got short new footage and new poster.
It looks like The Mandalorian is one of the most important projects for Disney+, so we got a bunch of cool news:
Obi-Wan Kenobi TV Series
Yes! It is happening! During the D23 Kathleen Kennedy and Ewan McGregor officially confirmed that Obi-Wan Kenobi TV Series is coming to Disney+. So far, we know that all the scripts have been written, and it will begin filming in 2020.
The Clone Wars
Unfortunately we didn't get any new news beside the release window. The last season of the Clone Wars is premiering in February 2020.
Cassian Andor Series
There is no new information about the show. It is currently in preproduction and scheduled to shoot next year.
Here is the list of other interesting announcements and news from D23:
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will not produce next Spider-Man movies, which basically means that Spider-Man will no longer be part of the MCU. According to Deadline, the reasoning behind this decision is a dispute between Sony - which holds the rights to the character - and Disney - Marvel’s parent company - over revenue sharing from films.
This is a sad news, because the last 2 Spider-Man movies perfectly tied into the MCU making this universe reacher. According to some rumors the negotiations between Sony and Disney are still in progress, so maybe after current fans outrage, companies will find solution that will make everyone happy.